Is an Ideal Body Weight Calculator Always Accurate?

BODY WEIGHT CALCULATOR

Determining your ideal body weight can be as easy as looking for your height and weight on a graph, but the number you find is just the first step in determining what range is healthiest for your body type and lifestyle.

As is often the case with figures plucked from a graph, the information is a static set of numbers, and provides only part of the picture needed to figure out an accurate ideal body weight.

Ideal Body Weight

An ideal body weight range is widely accepted as a BMI (Body MassIndex) of 18.5 to 24.9. BMI is a calculation which figures height as it relates to weight.

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This means an average woman who is 5’4″ can safely weigh between 108 and 145 pounds and be considered at her ideal body weight. Factors which may change and influence this range include age, body composition and activity level. For example, frame size is often used to more accurately pinpoint at what BMI a person would be most healthy.

Frame Size

An easy and fairly accurate test to determine your frame size is wrapping your index finger and thumb around your wrist at its smallest circumference. If your fingers overlap, your frame size is small. If your fingers barely touch, your frame size is medium, and if your fingers do not touch, your frame size is large.

An individual with a large frame size would generally be more comfortable at the upper reaches of her recommended weight range. So the woman referenced above would typically be healthiest at a weight closer to 145 pounds than she would at 108, if it was determined she possessed a large frame.

Age

An additional factor to consider when determining your ideal body weight is your age. Generally speaking, as we get older, the weight at which we can safely live increases slightly. This means a woman in her fifties can weigh 10 to 15 pounds more than her twenty-year-old daughter of the same height, and enjoy the same quality of health.

Activity Level

A final characteristic to consider when determining your correct ideal body weight is your activity level. While most of us do not engage in extreme levels of fitness (like bodybuilding or ultra-marathons), many people enter into much more active lifestyles when they decide to lose weight, and this high level of activity continues once they have reached their goal weight.

To properly support an athletic lifestyle, it is important to remember that the additional muscle mass created as a result of daily exercisemay increase the weight at which your body will function best (and may require that you increase your calorie intake to compensate).

Considering additional factors when figuring out your ideal body weight serves not only to allow you to make the best decisions regarding how much weight you need to lose, but also makes the transition to a healthier lifestyle a much easier process.

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Fully investigating your lifestyle will prevent you from striving for a goal weight that may be unhealthy for your particular type of body and will make it easier to maintain your weight once you have reached your goal.

Baldness is all too common in the U.S., and is mainly due to hereditary factors. While many people embrace being bald, for others baldness is associated with low self-esteem and self-worth — or even depression. That’s why knowing which treatment options are available for hair loss can be beneficial.

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Being Bald is Common

Being bald is a common trait, and baldness occurs among both men and women. The American Hair Loss Association says two-thirds of U.S. men experience some hair loss by age 35, and 85 percent of men suffer from baldness or thinning hair by age 50. Women are also at risk, as the American Hair Loss Association says 40 percent of hair loss suffers in the U.S. are indeed women. Baldness, especially for women, can be detrimental to emotional well-being and self-worth.

What Causes Balding and Hair Loss?

A variety of factors can lead to baldness, but the main cause is simply heredity, notes Mayo Clinic. Hormonal changes like menopause and childbirth, medical conditions, autoimmune disorders, thyroid disorders, scalp infections, stress, malnutrition, drastic weight loss, and medications also can lead to thinning hair. And of course, radiation therapy is a well-known cause of hair loss. Medical conditions aside, most people simply experience baldness because of heredity and the normal process of aging.

Is Balding Reversible?

Some forms of balding and hair loss can be reversible, but hereditary balding generally isn’t (unless you seek medical treatment). Hair loss due to hormonal changes, stress, weight loss, malnutrition, medical conditions or treatments, and medications can often be reversed. Even baldness from radiation therapy generally goes away upon completion of cancer treatment. However scaring alopecia, a condition that occurs when hair follicles are replaced with scar tissue, is usually permanent, says the American Hair Loss Association.

Are Treatment Options Available?

Several hair loss treatment options are available when you’re seeking fuller, more luscious locks. If hair loss is related to an underlying medical condition, seek treatment for the condition itself. For hereditary or aging-related baldness, over-the-counter minoxidil (Rogaine) and prescription medication finasteride (Propecia) can help prevent future hair loss — and may even lead to hair re-growth. Hair restoration and hair transplant surgeries are also options, though infection and scarring may occur. For bald men (or women) who want the look of a newly shaved full head of hair, hair tattooing is an option to consider.

When to Seek Treatment

It’s time to see a doctor if you’re experiencing sudden hair loss without knowing why. This way you can rule out medical conditions, hormonal imbalance, or malnutrition as causes. If balding is due to heredity and older age — and is affecting your mental health (self-worth, self-esteem, depression, etc.) or negatively impacting your life in other ways — check with a hair loss specialist to see if hair restoration treatment, hair loss medications, or hair tattooing are good options for you.

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