We Are Unique Bodies:
No two bodies look alike. There are always very slight but noticeable differences in human beings. This makes them unique and different in their own way. There will also be a difference in one’s own family. Your cousins or even siblings will have different body compositions barring a few obvious genetic similarities. If this was not the case then on the brighter side we would all look like runway models, and nobody would ever be overweight.
Significance of This Chart
The height and weight charts aim to monitor the growth of the human body. It starts from our infancy stages when it is used to track whether the child is developing as intended or not. Any deviations and slight alterations were brought to the notice of the pediatrician who would further suggest a future course of action.
When we grow up our body keeps aging but our height stops growing after a certain age limit. But weight is such a parameter of the body that keeps fluctuating throughout our lives. This fluctuation is itself an indicator by our bodies as to what are the possible future risks that the body will be susceptible to.
So we use these parameters to assess a few benchmarks of the body that helps to indicate whether or not the body is at its healthiest best. Without this chart, further analysis techniques would not be able to operate.
Body Weight Indicators:
While we know that muscles weigh more than fat in our bodies, it does not hurt to check our weights every now and then. Some of this is actually water weight which is lost when it is cold and which can bulk up with hot and humid weather. But our weighing machines can hardly tell the difference. We often look into various indicators to suggest whether or not our current course of lifestyle is suited to our ideal weight s or not.
BMI (Body Mass Index):
The most common and widely used indicator is the BMI or body mass index. This is a unique and easy determinant of whether we are underweight or obese. In the metric system, the way to calculate this is by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters.
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The results of the above formula will be interpreted on the basis of the following range.
Despite being easy to calculate it does not serve any more than the general purpose to identify the ideal weight of an individual with respect to his height. However, it ignores the fat percentage of the body which is necessary for determining the health of the person. So for this assessment, a tall couch potato will be a healthier man compared to a boxer of the same height.
It also ignores the importance of waist to hip ratio which talks about fertility and heart health and also ignores the concept of bone density. A Severely osteoporosis-stricken person will still be healthier than a housewife who gains weight owing to hormone disorders.
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Body Fat Percentage:
Knowing your body fat percentage will help uncover various details. You simply divide the weight of your fats by the total weight of your body and compare the outcome with the range as per this given table.
This is a much better and effective means of estimating the future risks the body faces with respect to their weight gain in terms of fats. This gives better guidance on our heart health and cholesterol levels. It can also suggest the fat storing capacity of our bodies with respect to the kind of activity we do. It is a highly detailed approach which helps narrow down outcomes.
Thus the kilos we weigh serve a much greater purpose for our health than we usually assume.