Find Your Ideal Body Weight

Your ideal body weight will depend on several factors such as your sex, height, and your overall body type (small, medium or large frame). Women often feel they are too heavy and so they diet unnecessarily. The many benefits you will see from maintaining your body at an ideal weight include more energy, weight control, and a reduced risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

Note: The material provided on this page is for information purposes only. It is not intended to replace your own physician's advice concerning your ideal body weight.




The Body Mass Index

A number called the body mass index (BMI) is often used to determine whether a person is in the correct weight range. Just enter your weight and height in the following table and click 'Calculate BMI' to find your own BMI result.

------  BMI Calculator  ------

Weight: lbs.
Height: Ft. In.

Your Body Mass Index is  

According to the Panel on Energy, Obesity, and Body Weight Standards published by American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, your category is:                 

BMI by itself tells you nothing about your ideal body weight in terms of body composition or fat content. Muscle is proportionately heavier than fat, so some very muscular people could be classed as overweight using this BMI method.

There are many factors to take into account when looking at a person's ideal weight. These include things like height, age, and muscular make up as mentioned above. People are also classified by their type of body frame:

  • Small

  • Medium

  • Large

A simple way to determine your body frame size is to measure the distance around your wrist. Use the table below to determine your body frame type.

Your Height Is... Less than 5' 2" Less than 5' 5" More than 5' 5"
  - Wrist Size - - Wrist Size - - Wrist Size -
Small Frame less than 5-1/2 '' less than 6 '' less than 6-1/4 ''
Medium Frame 5-1/2'' to 5-3/4'' 6'' to 6-1/4'' 6-1/4'' to 6-1/2''
Large Frame more than 5-3/4'' more than 6-1/4'' more than 6-1/2''

 Use this chart and the chart below to give yourself an idea of which category you are in. If you have any concerns about your weight it's a good idea to visit a qualified professional and get their advice on the ideal body weight for you.

Standard Weight Table (in lbs.) For Women

Height Small Frame Medium Frame Large Frame
4' 10"      102-111 lbs      109-121 lbs    118-131 lbs
4' 11" 103-113 111-123 120-134
5' 0" 104-115 113-126 122-137
5' 1" 106-118 115-129 125-140
5' 2" 108-121 118-132 128-143
5' 3" 111-124 121-135 131-147
5' 4" 114-127 124-138 134-151
5' 5" 117-130 127-141 137-155
5' 6" 120-133 130-144 140-159
5' 7" 123-136 133-147 143-163
5' 8" 126-139 136-150 146-167
5' 9" 129-142 139-153 149-170
5' 10" 132-145 142-156 152-173
5' 11" 135-148 145-159 155-176
6' 0" 138-151 148-162 158-179





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