Nutrition Tools & Resources
BMI stands for Body Mass Index and is a simple equation. It gives you a figure which takes into account your weight based on your height. Find out what your BMI is, what it means and see what your healthy weight range should be based on your height.
World Health Organisation. Obesity preventing and managing the global epidemic. Report of a WHO consultation. WHO Tech Rep Ser 2000;894 (3):i-xii, 1-253
Healthy Weight Range information adapted from: Garrow, Classification of Obesity, by the Commonwealth Department of Health.
Waist Circumference (WC)
WC stands for Waist Circumference and is a simple measurement which is used to measure disease risk. WC results have different meanings based on your gender. Generally the more weight your carry around your abdominal region, the more at risk you are for developing heart disease, diabetes and other related conditions.
Measuring your waist is sometimes tricky. Usually it is the smallest point of your abdominal area. A good way to measure this is by putting a tape measure or a piece of string around the smallest part of your middle and bend side to side. Where your body bends is normally where your waist is.
What do your WC results mean?
If your WC result is less than 94 cm for males or less than 80 cm for females, you are in the healthy range - keep up the great work!
If you scored more than 94 cm for males or 80 cm for females, unfortunately your waist circumference measurement means your risk of complications such as heart disease and diabetes has substantially increased.
The waist circumference measurement is suitable for males and females >18yrs. WC does not take into account age, body build, muscle mass and ethnicity.
World Health Organisation. Obesity preventing and managing the global epidemic. Report of a WHO consultation. WHO Tech Rep Ser 2000;894(3):i-xii, 1-253
The following resources have been prepared by the Dietitians of San Nutrition to help you follow a healthy diet and live a healthy life. They are all available in PDF format. If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat, you can download it for free here.
- Nutrition During Pregnancy
- Nutrition During Breastfeeding
- Healthy Eating for Teenagers
- Glycemic Index (GI)
- High Fibre Diet
- Reading Food Labels
- Healthy Eating for a Healthy Heart
- Healthy Substitutes
- Cooking for Good Health
- Healthier Dining Out Options
- Vegetarian Information Pack
Should you require information on outpatient follow-up or consultation, please contact the Dietitians Association of Australia on (02) 6163 5200 or visit www.daa.asn.au.