At the start of the eighties in the United Kingdom, 9% of the population were classed as clinically obese, by 2008 the number had trebled to 27%. This statistic paints a worrying picture of the current state of our nations health, something has to be done to buck this worrying trend. Everybody needs to be aware of their body weight and if it is steadily rising over time. An excellent way to assess your weight is to work out your BMI score.

Your BMI score refers to your body mass index, and you can learn how to work out your BMI score relatively easy. It is a useful tool that measures the amount of fat in body, in relation to your height and weight. You will end up with a numeric score which can then be used to determine what weight category you belong to.

This is the calculation you need to make in order to work out your BMI score: -

1. You will need to get your weight in pounds and your height in inches.

2. Multiply your weight by 703

3. Multiply your height times itself

4. Divide the first answer (weight in pounds x 703) by the second one (height in inches x height in inches).

I will now work out my BMI score to give you an example: -

1. Weight in pounds = 200. Height in inches = 73

2. 200 x 703 = 140600

3. 73 x 73 = 5329

4. 140600 divided by 5329 = 26.39

This means my BMI score is 26.4, but what does my BMI score mean? First take a few minutes to work out your BMI score. All done, lets find out how to make sense of your score: -

A score of below 18.5 is classed as underweight. A score between 18.5 - 24.9 is classed as normal weight. A score of 25 - 29.9 is classed as overweight (back on the treadmill for me then). You should think about making some healthy changes to your diet and levels of exercise. A score of 30 and over classes you as obese. You need to take action now before your health becomes seriously compromised.

Although your score can be a really useful indicator regarding your weight, it is certainly not a definitive answer when it comes to assessing the state of your weight and healthy lifestyle. You may have a BMI in the normal range, but still eat a poor diet with very little nutrition. You can still have high levels of cholesterol, but be within a normal weight range.

It can be really useful to be aware of your BMI score, but it should be used as a guide rather than a full and final assessment of your weight and overall health. If you have any concerns regarding your weight or diet. then always start by consulting your doctor.