Do You Know Your Healthy Weight Range?

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:

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22 thoughts on “Do You Know Your Healthy Weight Range?

  1. Do you know how the numbers are figured out for men -vs- women? I ask because, at 6ft, 176 pounds is too skinny for me. When I was 190-200 pounds, that was a good lean weight for me (no rib cages showing when I inhaled, no hip bones poking out). I’m guessing the MvF weights have to do with muscle mass. Is that correct?

    *Similarly, all the men I know who are 6’3″ and 6’5″ are about 220 and 250 respectively and so finely fit.

    Is there such a thing as an XL frame?

    • This chart is a gauge that is close for the lower weights but can be way off the higher the weight. Example: in taking a sample of 10 x-country runners 18 to 19 years old all 6’4″ with 3 miles times between 17 to 19 minutes. They weighed widely between 156 lbs to 210 lbs. They were all skin and bones with lean (body fat all around 2%) and dense leg muscles with the heavier ones with larger leg muscles.The lighter athletes were the faster runners. The heavier ones all had larger and denser bones along with a wider/broader bodies that increased their weight by up to 25%. Basically this chart does not take into account skeletal frame size and density or the extra muscle mass need to move this weight.

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  4. This is ridiculous. I am 5’2″ and because of my frame size (and chest size) I was told I shouldn’t weigh less than 125. The upper healthy weight for someone 5’2″ is 138, not 121!

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  6. This chart appears to be very accurate. I am 5’1/2″ and feel best when my weight ranges between 102 and 106. I run an average of 5 miles daily and run faster when I am my leanest. Exercise is 20% of weight control and diet the other 80%. Switched to a raw vegan diet nine years ago, lost 25 lbs and increased my energy dramatically. Vegan alone will not do it as cooking food depletes its life force that our cells need to nourish us. Dead food makes us dead faster. Raw fruits and vegetables are the key. And lots of water to hydrate.

  7. I am 5’2″ and a small frame 99 lbs makes all my bones stick out. It is not a healthy look when bones stick out everywhere. I look healthy at 106 -109. When i weigh less i look sickly and my doctor gets concerned i have an eating disorder. Personally for me, these numbers dont seem very healthy based on my weight, height and frame.

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  9. 5’5″ male with a medium frame who weighs 141 lbs. I guess you could say I normal looking however I constantly get called tiny by other dudes. I’ve been on a weight gaining diet and workout routine to get to about 180 lbs. Being 180 might give a short guy like me more of a man body instead of a teenage boys body.

  10. I knew I was overweight being 5 feet 8 inches tall see right now I’m over 234 pounds and I should be from 1.39 to 154 so needless to say I’m way way way way way overweight I would say 70 plus pounds over weight that’s really really bad people can die being overweight like that I got down to 198 for months ago and I was off all the pills it was all good and now I shut up because I was abusing food again to Hometown Buffet’s to JJ North all you can eat you know buffets and now I’m back to doing the right thing eating lots of beans actually fruit and vegetables but I need to do even more because I don’t want to die young like my mom and dad did a 50 and 60 so thank you for the chart yours truly steve

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