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About Healthy Weight
A healthy weight is one that contributes to your overall health, wellbeing and quality of life. It is different for each individual. Your weight is not simply a result of what you eat or how active you are. Genetics, health conditions, stress, sleep quality and other factors can also influence your weight. Learn more about healthy weight in this section:
Body mass index (BMI) is based on your weight and height. BMI and waist size can be used as indicators of health risk related to under and overweight. Weight is only one indicator of health risk. Other factors include lifestyle habits, fitness level, and whether you have any health conditions. If you are age 18 or older, use the Interactive Tool: Is Your BMI Increasing Your Health Risks? to check your BMI.
Children grow at different rates and come in many shapes and sizes. Each child grows and develops at a rate that is unique for them. Measuring your child's weight and height once is not enough to determine if they are growing well. If you are concerned about your child's growth, consider speaking with your health care provider. Your health care provider can determine if your child is growing at a rate that is right for them by measuring their height and weight routinely and plotting these measures on a growth chart.
As a parent, you can promote physical activity and healthy eating habits to help your child grow at a rate that is right for them. If you wish to know the BMI of your child who is age 2 or older, you can use this Interactive Tool: What Is Your Child's BMI?
Learn more about BMI and screening for healthy weight:
Eating Well for Good Health
Eating well can benefit your health regardless of your weight. Find a healthy eating pattern that works for you and that you can follow long term. Healthy eating isn't only about the foods you eat. It also involves being mindful of your eating habits, taking time to eat, enjoying your food and eating with others, and noticing when you are hungry and when you are full. Learn more about ways of eating that can help you improve your health:
- Canada's food guide: Diets and Food Trends
- Healthy Eating: Recognizing Your Hunger Signals
- Hunger, Fullness, and Appetite Signals
- Canada's food guide: Improving Your Eating Habits
- Maggie's Strategies for Eating Healthy
- Maggie: Making Room for Worth-It Foods
- Quick Tips: Cutting Calories
- Weight Loss by Limiting Calories
Non-Prescription Weight Loss Products
There are many non-prescription products for weight loss that are sold in drugstores, supermarkets, and over the Internet. Most of these have never been proven effective and some may be dangerous. Learn more about non-prescription products for weight loss.
Last Updated: June 2021