Weight types

One of the most used indicators to evaluate the nutritional status of a person is through their body weight ; however, this type of weight alone does not allow a complete evaluation, but it can be established in combination with other parameters.

For its correct analysis, weight is assessed according to other measurements, such as height, age, sex and complexion . When considering the body weight , you can contemplate different types of weight, such as real, habitual, theoretical or ideal, and healthy.

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Weight types

In an interview with GetQoralHealth , Fernanda Zimmermann, nutritionist at the Kellogg's National Institute of Health and Nutrition , explains that the Actual weight wave body mass is the sum of the organic components of a person (fat mass + fat-free mass), and is represented in kilograms or pounds.

The usual weight is that which a person has for a long time and that can vary in different stages of life. For those who suffer from a disease, he explains, it is considered the usual weight before the illness. The comparison of both types of weight establishes the influence of the disease.

The theoretical weight or ideal weight is a body measurement where the current weight of the person is compared with reference in tables of values, according to their height or body mass index (IMC) The most accepted definition of this type of weight is that provided by the BMI, according to the formula: BMI = weight (kg) / height squared (m).

The main limitation of theoretical weight is the correct choice of weight reference tables for height, because there are no specific for the Mexican population, says INSK nutritionist, so they are used international, such as those generated by the National Center for Health Surveys of the United States (NCHS).

The body weight Healthy refers to the range of body weight that is related to good health statistics. It represents the minimum risk of suffering from associated diseases, for example diabetes and hypertension.

To determine the range of body weight , a specialist must estimate the healthy weight considering several parameters: the percentage and location of body fat, the muscle mass, the complexion and the weight with which the person feels good with itself.

In an adult, the alterations of weight can originate or be consequence of diverse pathologies, of there the importance of being in the Healthy weight , so if you do not know what weight you should have or to keep it, the ideal is to go with a professional to clarify your doubts and design a specialized and personalized food plan.


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