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Ideal Body Weight Guide

Many people are confused about their ideal body weight. They don’t know whether they’re too heavy. Ideal Body Weight guide with a weight chart is here to help!

Ideal Body Weight is an online tool and a chart that helps you calculate your ideal body weight based on your height and age. Find out what your ideal weight should be!

How Much Should I Weigh?

Most everyone has, at some point, tried to lose weight, or at least know somebody who has. This is because of the perception of an “ideal” body weight, which is often based on what we see promoted through various media, such as social media, TV, movies, magazines,. Although ideal body weight (IBW) today is sometimes based on perceived visual appeal, IBW was actually introduced to estimate dosages for medical use, and the formulas that calculate it are not at all related to how a person looks at a weight.

It has since been determined that the metabolism of certain drugs is more based on IBW than it is total body weight. Today, IBW is also used widely throughout sports, since many sports classify people based on their body weight.

Note that IBW is not a perfect measurement. It does not consider the percentages of body fat and muscle in a person’s body. This means that it is possible for highly fit, healthy athletes to be overweight based on their IBW. Therefore, IBW should be considered with the perspective that it is an imperfect measure and not necessarily indicative of health, or a weight that a person should strive toward; it is possible to be over or under your “IBW” and be perfectly healthy.

How much a person should weigh is not an exact science. It highly depends on each individual. There is no measure, be it IBW, body mass index (BMI), or any other that can definitively state how much a person should weigh to be healthy. They are only references, and it’s more important to adhere to making healthy life choices such as regular exercise, eating a variety of unprocessed foods, getting enough sleep,. then it is to chase a specific weight based on a generalised formula.

That being said, many factors can affect the ideal weight; the major factors are listed below. Other factors include health conditions, fat distribution, progeny, etc.

Ideal Body Weight

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  1. What is the Ideal Body Weight Calculation?

    If you are really concerned about your health or your looks and want to know how much you should weigh, this ideal weight calculator is the tool for you. It will help you determine your ideal body weight based on your height and sex. 

  2. How much should I weight?

    There are many, many ways to estimate somebody’s ideal weight. Truth be told, none of them is perfectly accurate, as there are a lot of factors influencing it. For example, for people with a lot of muscle mass (and high lean body mass), their ideal weight will be more than shown by the results they get.

  3. What are the factors influence ideal body weight calculation?

    In theory, age shouldn’t be a large determinant of an IBW past the ages of 14-15 for girls and 16-17 for boys, after which most people stop growing. It is actually expected that human males and females to lose 1.5 and 2 inches in height respectively by age 70. It is important to remember that as people age, lean muscle mass decreases and it is easier to accumulate excess body fat.
    This is a natural process, though it is possible to lessen the effects of aging by adopting various habits, such as monitoring diet, exercise, stress, and sleep.
    Females weigh less than males, even though they naturally have a higher percentage of body fat. This is because the male body has higher muscle mass, and the muscle is heavier than fat. Not only that, but women have lower bone density. Last but not least, males are taller than females. The taller the person, the more muscle mass and body fat they have, which results in more weight. A male at a similar height to a female should weigh about 10-20% heavier.

  4. What is Body Frame Size?

    Body frame size is another factor that can have a significant impact on the measurement of ideal weight. Body frame size is typically categorised as small, medium, or large-boned. It is measured based on the circumference of a person’s wrist in relation to their height, as shown below. For women: Height under 5’2 small boned = wrist size less than 5.5 Medium boned = wrist size 5.5 to 5.75 Large-boned = wrist size over 5.75 Height between 5’2 and 5′ 5 Small boned = wrist size less than 6 Medium boned = wrist size 6 to 6.25 Large-boned = wrist size over 6.25 Height over 5′ 5 Small boned = wrist size less than 6.25 Medium boned = wrist size 6.25 to 6.5 Large-boned = wrist size over 6.5
    For men: Height over 5′ 5 mall boned = wrist size 5.5 to 6.5 Medium boned = wrist size 6.5 to 7.5 Large-boned = wrist size over 7.5. A person who is largely boned will naturally weigh more than someone who is small-boned, even at the same height, making body frame size a factor that can affect measurements such as IBW and BMI.

  5. What is the formula for calculating ideal body weight?

    IBW formulas were developed mainly to facilitate drug dosage calculations. All the formulas have the same format of a base weight given a height of 5 feet, with a set weight increment added per inch over the height of 5 feet. For example, if you are a 5’10u0022 male estimating your ideal weight with the Devine formula, you would add (2.3 × 10) kg to 50 kg to get 73 kg or ~161 lbs. The formulas differ in the values used based on the research of the scientists involved in their development and their findings. The Devine formula is the most widely used formula for the measurement of IBW.

  6. What is the difference between BMI and the ideal body weight calculator?

    The World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended healthy BMI range is 18.5 – 25 for both males and females. Based on the BMI range, it is possible to find out a healthy weight for any height. BMI is a commonly used metric for determining IBW. It is widely used in the medical field as a quick indicator of potential health complications. The higher the BMI, the higher the chance a person will suffer from health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and many more. It is an indicator used by doctors to advise their patients of potential health problems, especially if there is a noticeable progressive increase in their BMI, and is currently the official metric for classifying individuals according to different obesity levels.

  7. What are the limitations of the ideal body weight calculator?

    There are limitations to all the formulas and methods. Because the formulas as apply to as wide a range of people as possible, they cannot be highly accurate for every single individual. The formulas factor only height and gender, and there are no considerations for physical handicaps, people on the extreme ends of the spectrum, activity levels, or muscle mass to body fat ratios, otherwise known as body composition. Our Ideal Weight Calculator is used as a general guideline based on popular formulas, and its results are not intended as strict values that a person must achieve to be considered an ideal weight. Remember that the values found with our ideal body weight calculator are not one hundred percent valid for all. As long as you are in the BMI normal weight range, you are fine – don’t go on a strict diet just to reach that specific number. Also, our IBW calculator is valid for adults only. Don’t use it to find the proper weight range of kids – consult a specialist instead. Also, don’t use it if you are pregnant. 

  8. What are the different formulas for calculating ideal body weight?

    An ideal body weight calculator uses four different formulas to find your ideal weight, as well as to give you your BMI. While the four formulas listed below give you only one number you should aim for, BMI gives you a certain weight range you should be in. For men, the ideal weight calculator uses the following equations:
    Robinson formula: 52 kg + 1.9 kg per every inch over 5 feet.
    Miller formula: 56.2 kg + 1.41 kg per every inch over 5 feet.
    Hamwi formula: 48.0 kg + 2.7 kg per every inch over 5 feet.
    Devine formula: 50.0 kg + 2.3 kg per every inch over 5 feet.
    For women, the ideal weight calculator uses the following equations:
    Robinson formula: 49 kg + 1.7 kg per every inch over 5 feet.
    Miller formula: 53.1 kg + 1.36 kg per every inch over 5 feet.
    Hamwi formula: 45.5 kg + 2.2 kg per every inch over 5 feet.
    Devine formula: 45.5 kg + 2.3 kg per every inch over 5 feet.

Height-weight chart

Height
Ft. in. (cm)
FemaleMale
4′ 6″
(137 cm)
63 – 77 lb
(28.5 – 34.9 kg)
63 – 77 lb
(28.5 – 34.9 kg)
4′ 7″
(140 cm)
68 – 83 lb
(30.8 – 37.6 kg)
68 – 84 lb
(30.8 – 38.1 kg)
4′ 8″
(142 cm)
72 – 88 lb
(32.6 – 39.9 kg)
74 – 90 lb
(33.5 – 40.8 kg)
4′ 9″
(145 cm)
77 – 94 lb
(34.9 – 42.6 kg)
79 – 97 lb
(35.8 – 43.9 kg)
4′ 10″
(147 cm)
81 – 99 lb
(36.4 – 44.9 kg)
85 – 103 lb
(38.5 – 46.7 kg)
4′ 11″
(150 cm)
86 – 105 lb
(39 – 47.6 kg)
90 – 110 lb
(40.8 – 49.9 kg)
5′ 0″
(152 cm)
90 – 110 lb
(40.8 – 49.9 kg)
95 – 117 lb
(43.1 – 53 kg)
5′ 1″
(155 cm)
95 – 116 lb
(43.1 – 52.6 kg)
101 – 123 lb
(45.8 – 55.8 kg)
5′ 2″
(157 cm)
99 – 121 lb
(44.9 – 54.9 kg)
106 – 130 lb
(48.1 – 58.9 kg)
5′ 3″
(160 cm)
104 – 127 lb
(47.2 – 57.6 kg)
112 – 136 lb
(50.8 – 61.6 kg)
5′ 4″
(163 cm)
108 – 132 lb
(49 – 59.9 kg)
117 – 143 lb
(53 – 64.8 kg)
5′ 5″
(165 cm)
113 – 138 lb
(51.2 – 62.6 kg)
122 – 150 lb
(55.3 – 68 kg)
5′ 6″
(168 cm)
117 – 143 lb
(53 – 64.8 kg)
128 – 156 lb
(58 – 70.7 kg)
5′ 7″
(170 cm)
122 – 149 lb
(55.3 – 67.6 kg)
133 – 163 lb
(60.3 – 73.9 kg)
5′ 8″
(173 cm)
126 – 154 lb
(57.1 – 69.8 kg)
139 – 169 lb
(63 – 76.6 kg)
5′ 9″
(175 cm)
131 – 160 lb
(59.4 – 72.6 kg)
144 – 176 lb
(65.3 – 79.8 kg)
5′ 10″
(178 cm)
135 – 165 lb
(61.2 – 74.8 kg)
149 – 183 lb
(67.6 – 83 kg)
5′ 11″
(180 cm)
140 – 171 lb
(63.5 – 77.5 kg)
155 – 189 lb
(70.3 – 85.7 kg)
6′ 0″
(183 cm)
144 – 176 lb
(65.3 – 79.8 kg)
160 – 196 lb
(72.6 – 88.9 kg)
6′ 1″
(185 cm)
149 – 182 lb
(67.6 – 82.5 kg)
166 – 202 lb
(75.3 – 91.6 kg)
6′ 2″
(188 cm)
153 – 187 lb
(69.4 – 84.8 kg)
171 – 209 lb
(77.5 – 94.8 kg)
6′ 3″
(191 cm)
158 – 193 lb
(71.6 – 87.5 kg)
176 – 216 lb
(79.8 – 98 kg)
6′ 4″
(193 cm)
162 – 198 lb
(73.5 – 89.8 kg)
182 – 222 lb
(82.5 – 100.6 kg)
6′ 5″
(195 cm)
167 – 204 lb
(75.7 – 92.5 kg)
187 – 229 lb
(84.8 – 103.8 kg)
6′ 6″
(198 cm)
171 – 209 lb
(77.5 – 94.8 kg)
193 – 235 lb
(87.5 – 106.5 kg)
6′ 7″
(201 cm)
176 – 215 lb
(79.8 – 97.5 kg)
198 – 242 lb
(89.8 – 109.7 kg)
6′ 8″
(203 cm)
180 – 220 lb
(81.6 – 99.8 kg)
203 – 249 lb
(92 – 112.9 kg)
6′ 9″
(205 cm)
185 – 226 lb
(83.9 – 102.5 kg)
209 – 255 lb
(94.8 – 115.6 kg)
6′ 10″
(208 cm)
189 – 231 lb
(85.7 – 104.8 kg)
214 – 262 lb
(97 – 118.8 kg)
6′ 11″
(210 cm)
194 – 237 lb
(88 – 107.5 kg)
220 – 268 lb
(99.8 – 121.5 kg)
7′ 0″
(213 cm)
198 – 242 lb
(89.8 – 109.7 kg)
225 – 275 lb
(102 – 124.7 kg)
Height-weight chart

Important Notice: The information in these tools should not be relied upon to decide about your health. Always consult your family doctor with questions about your individual condition (s) and/or circumstances.

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