The importance of knowing the "ideal body weight"Created by:
Teaching our patients how to compute for their “ideal body weight (IBW)” should be done as part of medical and paramedical practice. The formula is: height in centimeters - 100 = the IBW in kilograms. For Asians, being smaller in body size, the computed IBW could be reduced by 5-10 %. The formula is not hard to remember and to compute. Hence, as much as possible, it should be taught to all patients that we see. The very first thing that patients should know are that: (1) they are obese or overweight, and (2) these highly preventable conditions are linked to the development of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and, worse, metabolic syndrome. Letting them know that their excess weight forebodes future medical problems is one thing. Teaching them how to lose weight is another thing.