“I don’t know how much I should weigh”

“I don’t know how much I should weigh.”  Not sure what your appropriate body weight should be for your height, frame and activity level?  There’s a way to find out (and it doesn’t only involve body mass index).

 

Approximating frame size

Before you look at your Body Mass Index (BMI) above and conclude you’re “too big” or “too small,” first evaluate your frame size.  A body’s build can be classified as a small, medium or large frame.

To approximate frame-size, you will need a tape measure (come drop by if you don’t have one).  Measure the smallest part of your wrist (in inches) without strangling the area.  According to Medline Plus, find your frame size based on the following categories:

Women:

Height under 5’2”

  • Small = wrist size less than 5.5”
  • Medium = wrist size 5.5” to 5.75”
  • Large = wrist size over 5.75”

Height 5’2” to 5’5”

  • Small = wrist size less than 6”
  • Medium = wrist size 6” to 6.25”
  • Large = wrist size over 6.25”

Height over 5’5”

  • Small = wrist size less than 6.25”
  • Medium = wrist size 6.25” to 6.5”
  • Large = wrist size over 6.5”

Men:

Height over 5’5”

  • Small = wrist size 5.5” to 6.5”
  • Medium = wrist size 6.5” to 7.5”
  • Large = wrist size over 7.5”

Compare frame size to appropriate weight range

Based on the category above, now look at the following table to see if your weight falls within the appropriate weight range.

Women (ages 25-59 years old):

Height

Small Frame

Medium Frame

Large Frame

4’10”

102-111

109-121

118-131

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

5’7″

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

*Ideal Weights according to the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company tables

Men (ages 25-59 years old):

Height

Small Frame

Medium Frame

Large Frame

5’2″

128-134

131-141

138-150

5’3″

130-136

133-143

140-153

5’4″

132-138

135-145

142-156

5’5″

134-140

137-148

144-160

5’6″

136-142

139-151

146-164

5’7″

138-145

142-154

149-168

5’8″

140-148

145-157

152-172

5’9″

142-151

148-160

155-176

5’10”

144-154

151-163

158-180

5’11”

146-157

154-166

161-184

6’0″

149-160

157-170

164-188

6’1″

152-164

160-174

168-192

6’2″

155-168

164-178

172-197

6’3″

158-172

167-182

176-202

6’4″

162-176

171-187

181-207

*Ideal Weights according to the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company tables

Ideal body weight?

Compare the number above to your “Ideal Body Weight” (IBW).  This post describes how to calculate IBW.  If you are physically active (4-5 days per week), you should weigh at least 10 to 15 percent more than your IBW.

Now you can compare your IBW and frame size weight with the BMI graphic above.  Very muscular individuals will fall into the overweight category; otherwise, your weight (that correlates with your frame size) should be within the normal BMI range.

Sources:

http://www.healthchecksystems.com/heightweightchart.htm

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