Ideal Weight Chart Men

Men's ideal weight chart: healthy weight averages for males depending on height and age.

Use the chart below to calculate how much you should weigh based on the averages and your height. Scale weight between males can vary greatly based on lean body mass. This is not a perfect measurement. Guys should use this tool to get an idea of normal ranges. If you want a more optimum way to assess your overall health and calculate your perfect scale weight, please use the body fat or waist-to-hip calculator.

Table for Males

Ideal Body Weight Chart Men

Height Feet' Inches" Smaller Framed Males Medium Framed Males Large Framed Males
Male 5'2" 128-134 131-141 138-150
Male 5'3" 130-136 133-143 140-153
Male 5'4" 132-138 135-145 142-156
Male 5'5" 134-140 137-148 144-160
Male 5'6" 136-142 139-151 146-164
Male 5'7" 138-145 142-154 149-168
Male 5'8" 140-148 145-157 152-172
Male 5'9" 142-151 148-160 155-176
Male 5'10" 144-154 151-163 158-180
Male 5'11" 146-157 154-166 161-184
Male 6'0" 149-160 157-170 164-188
Male 6'1" 152-164 160-174 168-192
Male 6' 2" 155-168 164-178 172-197
Male 6' 3" 158-172 167-182 176-202
Male 6' 4" 162-176 171-187 181-207

* Weight in pounds according to frame (in indoor clothing weighing 3 lbs.; shoes with 1" heels).

* Weights at ages 25-59 based on lowest mortality.

* Being underweight or overweight are recognized risk factors for many diseases, namely hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and certain types of cancers. Remember, these are statistical averages and not absolutes. If you are very muscular, the chart will be inaccurate for you.

 

Quick Reference to Find Your Frame Size

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

How to Approximate Your Frame Size

♥ Bend your forearm up to a 90-degree angle. Your arm should be parallel to your body.

♥ Keep your fingers straight and turn the inside of your wrist towards the body.

♥ Using your other hand, place your thumb and index finger on the two prominent bones (on either side) of the elbow.

♥ Measure the distance between the bones with a tape measure or calipers.

♥ Compare with the tables listing elbow measurements for medium-framed men.

♥ Measurements lower than those listed for a medium frame indicate a small frame. Higher measurements indicate a larger frame.

Elbow Measurements for Medium Frame

Height in 1" Heels Elbow Measurement
Men Breadth
Male 5'2"-5'3" 2½"-2⅞"
Male 5'4"-5'7" 2⅝"-2⅞"
Male 5'8"-5'11" 2¾"-3"
Male 6'0"-6'3" 2¾"-3⅛"
Male 6'4" 2⅞"-3¼"

 

Your Ideal Weight? Ask Your Insurance Rep

The ideal weight charts were put together from companies that sell insurance. The insurers wanted some way to track risk of policyholders and to have general recommendations for the weight of men and females. 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 don’t include a true cross-section of the American people, just those insured. The "ideal weight" recommendations are dated and completely inaccurate if you carry a little more muscle than the average male.

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 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 guy.

Calculator for males

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