The average weight of both men and women in America and many other countries around the world is generally higher today than it was two or three decades ago. Whether this is a natural trend or a cause for concern may be debatable. However, in terms of the potential health risks in connection with weight gain, it is important to have some guidelines for what can be considered a desirable range.
Staying Within Your Healthy Weight Range
Is One of the Most Important Things
You Can Do for Your Health
The formula used to determine a healthy weight range is different for men and women:
For women: Calculate 100 pounds for the first 5 feet (60 inches) of height. Add 5 pounds for every additional inch. For example, if Jane is 5 feet 5 inches tall, her ideal weight would be 125 pounds. Give or take 10%, her healthy weight range is between 113 and 138 pounds.
For men: Calculate 106 pounds for the first 5 feet (60 inches) of height. Add 6 pounds for every additional inch. So, if John is 5 feet 11 inches tall, ideally he would weigh 172 pounds, or stay within a weight range of plus or minus 10% or 155 to 189 pounds.
The chart below is designed to identify your target weight range, depending on your gender, height and frame size: