While we all have heard about weight charts and used them at some part of our lives, do we all still know the basic meaning of a weight chart? What does a weight chart stand for? How does it affect the health of an individual?
Indeed, a weight chart is a very important step in the health of an individual because it lets an individual evaluate his or her current weight viz-a-viz the height of an individual. Based on researches and studies conducted in medical colleges and universities around the world, many years back, few physicians came up with a height–weight chart concept to define the ideal height–weight combination for individuals of all age groups. Thus, there are weight charts for babies, children, youngsters, men and women, and old-age people. Because eating habits, the environment, the social network, stress and physical activities in all these age groups differ, all these age groups have their unique height–weight charts to denote the ideal weight of an individual of a particular height.
With the help of accurate and correct height and weight charts, an individual can compare his or her health quotient such as height, weight, obesity level, etc. with other people of his or her age and evaluate where he or she stands health-wise in the long run. Using such charts, one can compare his or her height and weight with other from the same age, same community, country, race, group, etc. Such height and weight charts also help to define the average height and weight of individuals from the same country, religion, group, community, and so on.
Using these height and weight charts, one can also evaluate the health levels of others in the family and suggest them health-related exercises and regimes accordingly. Whatever benefit people may derive out of such charts, the basic aim why these were designed was to keep the obesity level in the world under control and to give a standard benchmark to people all across the world where they could themselves evaluate their health quotient and obesity level without investing on some time, money or effort in standing in long queues to visit medical practitioners.
Using these charts, once you get to know your ideal weight based on your height, you can chart out a diet and exercise plan for yourself to follow so that you can come to normal in some time. In case your weight–height combination is less than the one described in the weight–height chart of your age group, you are perhaps malnourished. You can then visit a medical practitioner to increase your weight and come to normal. The other case is when your weight–height combination is more than what is mentioned in the weight–height chart of your age group. In such a case you are obese and must seek a doctor to remove those extra kilos from your body and stay fit and healthy.
One can search on the Internet for the weight-cum-height charts related to ones age and then evaluate his or her weight vs height to find out whether one is malnourished or obese.