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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11 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?

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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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