It won’t come as a surprise to most that the average weight of a woman differs from country to country, but it may surprise you to know that Oceania has the second highest percentage of overweight people in the world.
Below is a chart based on statistics from BMC Public Health regarding weight in different regions globally:
The term “overweight” is classified by Body Mass Index (BMI), which determines if an individual is in a healthy weight range.
What is BMI?
BMI compares your weight to your height, and is calculated by dividing your weight by your height. It gives you an idea of whether you’re ‘underweight’, a ‘healthy’ weight, ‘overweight’, or ‘obese’ for your height. It is important to note, however, that other factors come into play when determining a healthy weight.
You can calculate your BMI here.
What does this mean?
Your BMI can be an indicator of if you may be at risk for certain health issues, so it is a good idea to check your result every now and then – even as extra motivation to get outdoors and go for that run you’ve been dreading!
If you think you may be at risk of any certain health issues, head to your GP for a check up and express your concerns – and remember: everything in moderation!