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Ideal Body Weight



Feel free to use the below tools and charts for fun, but if you want a more precise way to track where you should be and assess your overall health risks, please use the body fat or waist to hip calculator.


Your ideal weight? Ask you insurance rep!

The ideal weight charts were put together from companies that sell insurance. The insurers wanted some way to track risk of policy holders and to have general recommendations for the weight of men and women.

The "desirable" weight numbers were found by calculating the insured individuals that had the lowest death rates and health issues. Even though it was a large scale study, the numbers are inaccurate because they donít include a true cross-section of the American people, just those insured.

Not only that, but the below "ideal weight" recommendations are dated and completely inaccurate if you carry a little more muscle than the average person.



How to use the insurance data?

If you still prefer to use a simple calculator to determine your ideal body weight based on the insurance data, select the appropriate link below. Also, keep in mind that these are just weight averages and everyone is different. Again, the calculator will be inaccurate if you have more muscle or lean body mass than the average person.

Calculator for females
Calculator for males



Ideal Body Weight Reference Charts



How to Approximate Your Frame Size

  1. Bend your forearm up to a 90 degree angle. Your arm should be parallel to your body.
  2. Keep your fingers straight and turn the inside of your wrist towards the body.
  3. Using your other hand, place your thumb and index finger on the two prominent bones (on either side) of the elbow.
  4. Measure the distance between the bones with a tape measure or calipers.
  5. Compare with the tables listing elbow measurements for medium-framed men or women.
  6. Measurements lower than those listed for a medium frame indicate a small frame. Higher measurements indicate a large frame.


Elbow Measurements For Medium Frame

Height in 1" heels Elbow Height in 1" heels Elbow
Men Breadth Women Breadth
5'2"-5'3" 2 1/2"-2 7/8" 4'10"-4'11" 2 1/4"-2 1/2"
5'4"-5'7" 2 5/8"-2 7/8" 5'0"-5'3" 2 1/4"-2 1/2"
5'8"-5'11" 2  3/4"-3" 5'4"-5'7" 2 3/8"-2 5/8"
6'0"-6'3" 2 3/4"-3 1/8" 5'8"-5'11" 2 3/8"-2 5/8"
6'4" 2 7/8"-3 1/4" 6'0" 2 1/2"-2 3/4"


Quick Reference to Find Your Frame Size.

Keep in mind that this is a far less accurate measurement method.

To calculate your frame type place your thumb and index finger around your wrist. If your finger overlaps the thumb, your frame is a "Small Frame". If they touch, your frame is a "Medium Frame". If they do not touch, your frame is a "Large Frame".


Height and Weight Table for Women

Height
Feet Inches
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' 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

 
Weights at ages 25-59 based on lowest mortality. Weight in pounds according to frame (in indoor clothing weighing 3 lbs.; shoes with 1" heels)


Height and Weight Table for Men

Height
Feet Inches
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

 
Weights at ages 25-59 based on lowest mortality. Weight in pounds according to frame (in indoor clothing weighing 5 lbs.; shoes with 1" heels)


Being underweight or overweight are recognized risk factors for many diseases, namely hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemias, and perhaps certain types of cancers.

Remember, these are statistical averages and not absolutes. If you are very muscular, the chart will be inaccurate for you.



Ideal Body Weight Calculator For Men


Only enter your height in inches and then click the "calculate" button. Please leave the other fields blank.



 HAMWI METHOD: IDEAL BODY WEIGHT

Height         (inches)
IBW Small Frame        (lbs)
IBW Medium Frame        (lbs)

IBW Large Frame        (lbs)



Hamwi Formula for Men
106 lbs for first 5 feet + 6 lbs for each inch over 5 feet (medium frame)
Small frame (- 10%), Large frame (+ 10%)



Ideal Body Weight Calculator For Women


Only enter your height in inches and then click the "calculate" button. Please leave the other fields blank.

 HAMWI METHOD: IDEAL BODY WEIGHT


Height         (inches)
IBW Small Frame        (lbs)
IBW Medium Frame        (lbs)

IBW Large Frame        (lbs)



Hamwi Formula for Women
100 lbs for first 5 feet + 5 lbs for each inch over 5 feet (medium frame)
Small frame (- 10%), Large frame (+ 10%)




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