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Weight Control

Watch Your Waistline

Controlling your weight—especially around your waist—can help improve your overall health.

  • Some studies have shown an association between obesity and disease progression in men with prostate cancer.33
  • Fat around the waist has been linked to high cholesterol and high blood pressure levels.40
  • Measuring body weight with a variety of tools can help determine a healthy weight that factors in body size and mass, height, and waist size.33

Body mass index (BMI)

Measuring your BMI is a good way to determine whether you are at a healthy weight.41

  • If your BMI is less than 18.5, you are considered underweight.
  • If your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, you are at a healthy weight.
  • If your BMI is 25 to 29.9, you are considered overweight.
  • If your BMI is 30 or more, you are considered obese.

How to calculate your BMI

A BMI calculator can be found online. All you have to do is fill in your height and weight. It calculates your BMI for you.

If you prefer to calculate your BMI the old-fashioned way, using a calculator, here’s how40:

The BMI formula: BMI = (Weight ÷ Height2) x 703

  • Multiply your height in inches by itself (your height in inches again).
  • Divide your weight in pounds by the total of your height times itself.
  • Multiply that number by 703.

Health tips

  • Ask your doctor to measure and record your BMI, waist circumference, and waist-to-height ratio.
  • Work with your healthcare team to achieve a healthy weight to help keep these numbers within a normal range.

Much of the lifestyle information found on Prostate.com is also featured in Promoting Wellness for Prostate Cancer Patients by Mark Moyad, MD, MPH. A co-director of the Men’s Health Program at the University of Michigan,
Dr Moyad is on the staff at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Department of Urology. He is the Jenkins/Pokempner endowed Director of Preventive and Alternative Medicine. Ask your healthcare provider about obtaining a copy of Dr Moyad’s book.