British waistlines have expanded to an alarming all time high with two-thirds of men and almost as many women now overweight. In England 24% of men and 26% of women are classified as obese, while 65% of men and 58% of women are at least at a dangerously unhealthy weight.
Overweight is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of between 25 and 29, while someone with a BMI of 30 or more is classed as obese. BMI is calculated as someone’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of their height in metres. A BMI of between 18.5 and 24 is considered normal in order to minimise their risk of weight-related illness.
Another more accurate way to find your risk factor is to take a body fat analysis test. For a male the average body fat is between 18-24%, overweight is 25-32% and obese is 33% or above. For a female the average is 25-31%, overweight being 32-37% and obese 38% or above.
A body fat analysis can be taken either through us for free as part of a personal training programme or can be purchased as a one off.