Karen Latter, naturopath, nutritionist & herbalist
Obesity Australia estimates that 1 in 3 Australian women are overweight or obese prior to conception which results in serious health risks to the mother and developing foetus. In the following Q&A, I explore what a healthy weight is and if you are overweight/obese what to do to reduce your weight and risk factors.
Q: How do I know if I am a healthy weight?
A: We find out via measuring your weight, height, Body Mass Index (BMI), waist circumference (WC) and fat percentage through Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA). A healthy range consists of a BMI 18.5 – 24.9, a waist circumference under 80cm and a fat percentage of between 21-33 per cent.
Overweight BMI is 25-29.9 and Obese BMI 30 and above. A waist circumference of 80cm increases your risk of metabolic conditions like diabetes, and a waist circumference of over 88cm vastly increases this risk.
Lisa Whealy, naturopath