Am I too fat? Am I too thin?
Whether or not weight in relation to body height is optimal for your particular age group depends strongly on what the current "norm" is and can therefore vary by a few kilos either way. Nowadays the BMI (Body Mass Index) is used to determine if one is overweight, underweight, or of normal weight.
In order to calculate BMI (Body Mass Index), body weight is divided by the square of body height (in metres).
BMI does not take into consideration where the fat is situated on the body. But especially the distribution of fat is an important factor in assessing the risk of circulatory diseases and diabetes. Even with a normal weight, the heart and vessels may be at risk if the fat is unfavourably distributed.
Which Type are you?
With the apple type, the fat is distributed to three areas: the stomach and back, the sides and the inner organs. Abdominal girth is the visible sign for inner stomach fat.
With the pear type, fat deposits prefer hips, bottom and thighs. With this kind of fat distribution, vascular and metabolism diseases only occur marginally more often than in people of normal weight.