Health Charts and Calculators

Calculate your body mass index or ideal body weight, along with other important health information by using our calculators, charts, and graphs. Our tools can help track and monitor your health and diet patterns. We've also included some special diet tools for Weight Watchers.

 

 
Ideal Body Weight
Find out your ideal body weight
Calculate Your Body Mass Index
Computer your body mass index
Body Mass Weight Chart 
Body mass index chart of healthy weights
Calorie Calculator
Find out how many calories you burn during exercise
WW Points Plus Calculator
Calculate Pts+ based on nutritional information
WW Points Calculator (older method)
Calculate Points based on nutritional information
One Point Food List (not points+)
Just a point!
 

 

Excess weight may be associated with harmful health conditions including cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, certain cancers, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and sleep apnea. Excess weight-related illnesses are the second leading cause of death in the United States after smoking-related illnesses, claiming up to 300,000 lives a year.

Adding a few pounds as you age does not appear to significantly increase health risk. However, greater weight gain can lead to trouble. For instance, a recent study found that women who gained less than 22 pounds since the age of 18 had no increased risk of mortality. However, women who gained 22 pounds or more since the age of 18 were seven times more likely to die of heart disease and 50 percent more likely to die of cancer than were women whose weight remained stable.

The way your body fat is distributed may be as important as how much you weigh. Central obesity -- fat concentrated around the abdomen -- may present greater health risks than fat located elsewhere on the body. Abdominal fat is associated with increases in heart disease, stroke, diabetes and hypertension.

Doctors like to use a fruit metaphor, invoking the difference between "apples" and "pears" to describe weight distribution. To determine which type you are, measure your waist at its narrowest point. Next, measure your hips at the widest expanse of your buttocks. Divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement. Women should have a ratio of less than 0.8 (or a waist no larger then 35 inches); men, less than 1.0 (or a waist no larger than 40 inches). If you have too much abdominal fat, make a special effort to live a healthy lifestyle.

Regular increased physical activity and lots of fruits and vegetables can help you maintain a healthy weight. If you have medical conditions like high blood pressure, see your doctor regularly.

Keep up the good work!

 

Source: Healthy Living '99