Healthy Weight vs. Unhealthy Weight

Healthy-Weight-is-different-for-every-bodyForget what propaganda in the media has told you. “Healthy weight” does not equal skinny, nor does a full-figured frame equate to an unhealthy weight. In fact, being healthy looks different for every BODY.

What is “Healthy Weight”?

One of the most important core values held by Corporate Wellness Nutrition’s Registered Dietitians is the definition of “healthy weight”. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers guidance on how to determine your healthy weight.

Wellness Coaches’ Registered Dietitians firmly believe fact that “healthy weight” is not synonymous with a supermodel size, nor is an unhealthy weight characteristic of someone with a full-figured frame. Defining a ideal weight can be different for each individual.

For most individuals, a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) – which a numerical calculation of weight in relation to height – is in the range of 18.5 to 24.9. However, while our team agrees that part of defining a healthy weight can include assessing BMI, we also believe there is more to the story.

Weight is More Than Just a Number

While BMI is important, there is more to healthy weight than just that number. “You must also consider how your weight is distributed in your body,” says Anthony Tassoni, Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management and CWN’s Team Lead Dietitian. “Fat that we tend to store around our midsection can be more dangerous than weight carried in other parts of the body. A good way to measure your weight distribution would be to look at your waist circumference. According to health data, a healthy weight circumference for most men would be under 40 inches and for most women would be under 35 inches,” Tassoni says.

In addition to making your weight calculations, CWN Client Success Manager and Registered Dietitian Samantha Bluj says individuals must also understand the difference between healthy weight and health in general.

Wendy Harris, Senior HR Communications Specialist at UPenn, interviewed Samantha and Anthony earlier this year. In their discussion about an individual’s healthy weight, Samantha says:

“As dietitians, we work with individuals to help them define what healthy means to them on a subjective level. One piece of advice I like to give is to ask yourself how you’re feeling before you step on the scale so that your feeling is not defined by your weight. It’s being able to combine that objective and subjective data that applies to a person and fashion all that into what we define as healthy.”

You can read Wendy’s full article about Striving for Healthy Weight.

CWN can provide workplace nutrition services, which are covered as part of many benefits plans. Our customized, personalized services can be delivered virtually, and we provide ongoing support so that even when participants reach their health and weight goals, we provide them with a weight management plan to ensure ongoing maintenance and success.

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