A BMI calculator can tell you if you are underweight, a healthy weight, overweight or obese.
Although your BMI can tell you if you are carrying too much weight, it cannot tell the difference between fat, muscle or bone. It also doesn’t take into account age or sex.
Measuring your waist is a good way of telling if you are carrying too much fat around your stomach. Excess fat in your stomach area can raise your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.
How to manage your weight
There is a lot of information out there on how to lose weight and many diets which claim to help you shed pounds. With so many different styles of diet it is difficult to know how to manage your weight safely. There are different ways that you can lose weight.
Your doctor can assess your weight and provide you with advice on the best option for you.