Body weight, in the reference to human body weight measurements in various sports and medical sciences is nothing but the mass of the body of an individual and therefore, it is expressed also as a mass, such as kilograms or units of force like pounds. The body is weighed in different units like kilograms, pounds and in some area like Britain and Ireland as stone (nearly about 6.35 kg).
An ideal weight varies from a person to person and region to region. Every nation’s government has published their own calculation of ideal body mass in terms of height proportionate to the weight according to the ideal physique according to the region.
As we know, eastern countries like China, Korea, and Japan etc are comparatively shorter than that of western countries like US, Africa, West Indies etc. So, it depends on which area you live in to calculate your ideal weight.
However, there are some common criteria that apply to all human beings. A quantity called body mass index (BMI) is often used to determine weight relative to height. The formula for this is dividing the weight of a person in kilograms by the square of the height in meters.
An ideal weight is very much important in an individual’s life. Ideal weight is responsible for the normal growth and development of bodily organs and body as a whole. It also reflects the physiological and hormonal control of ingestion and digestion. Ideal weight depends on appetitive, hunger and other motivations to eat. The body weight also depends on any disease that human body occupies.
The ideal body weight can fluctuate over the years. You may not find a man having the normal weight of a man 500 years back as he is having now. In USA over the ten year period (1991-2001), an average American woman’s weight increased 11 pounds i.e. nearly about 7% and men have also increased their weight about 10 pounds i.e. 6% as compare to the older calculation.
Some health experts suggest the body is made up of bones, muscles, fats and organs and the fat, which is an important factor in body weight, should not be more than 20% of total body weight in men and 30% in women.
You should calculate your BMI, Waist circumference, Waist/Hip ratio and Body fat (through fat analyzers) to know whether you are having ideal weight or underweight or overweight. Fats are to be controlled before they start accumulating in the body.
Count your daily calorie expenditure and count what you eat and how much calories you supply daily to your body. The gap of input and output should be kept minimum. That is, one should consume only how much is required. If you spend 2000 calories and eating 5000 calories, you are inviting obesity and will lose your ideal weight. Regular exercise and smart diet plan will help you to keep your body weight ideal. Regular sleep and healthy balanced diet is also contributing major role in maintaining the healthy body with an ideal weight.