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Height/Weight Table
This height / weight table was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. It offers a range of suggested weights for adults based on their height.

Height/weight tables may indicate that a lean, muscular person is "overweight", while a person whose weight is within the "normal" range might actually be carrying around more fatty tissue than is healthy.

Body Mass Index and Waist to Hip Ratios are also reasonable measurements of weight.



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How can I tell if I am overweight or out of shape?

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The Food Pyramid

The new "Food Pyramid" replaces the old "Four Basic Food Groups" as recommended food to eat by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The new "Food Pyramid" emphasizes fruits, vegetable, and grains, and suggests smaller amounts of protein sources (meats, legumes, dairy products, etc.) than the old Four Basic Food Groups did.



What Size Serving is the "Food Pyramid" refering too?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines:

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STANDARD WEIGHT CHARTS

The weight charts for men and women illustrated below are for reference use only and should not be used as a medical guide. It might be interesting to see where you are in these tables.
Your frame size should be a factor into the number on your scale. Are you small, medium, large, or extra large? This usually refers to the bone size of an individual (your frame). You may even be a mixture of these set categories.

Our Standard Weight Charts for men and women are based on the individual being dressed in light clothing (3-5 pounds) without shoes.

Charts are based on individuals 21 years and older. Remember that age plays a huge role in our weight.

Muscle weighs more than fat. This is one of the major reasons, as well as bone mass, that there is a chart for men, and a separate one for women. Men are equipped with more muscle than women, so naturally their weight will be higher.

STANDARD WEIGHT CHART FOR MEN
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


STANDARD WEIGHT CHART FOR WOMEN
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

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BMI - Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index or BMI is a tool for indicating weight status in adults. It is a measure of weight for height. For adults over 20 years old, BMI falls into one of these categories:

BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Normal
25.0 – 29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obese

BMI correlates with body fat. The relation between fatness and BMI differs with age and gender. For example, women are more likely to have a higher percent of body fat than men for the same BMI. On average, older people may have more body fat than younger adults with the same BMI.

Now fill in the form below and calculate Your BMI.

BMI - Body Mass Index
Weight:
(pounds/kg)
Height:
(inches/cm)
Your BMI is:


How does BMI relate to health?

The BMI ranges are based on the effect body weight has on disease and death. As BMI increases, the risk for some disease increases. Some common conditions related to overweight and obesity include

  • Premature death
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Some cancers
  • Diabetes

BMI is only one of many factors used to predict risk for disease. BMI cannot be used to tell a person if he/she has a disease such as diabetes or cancer. It is important to remember that weight is only one factor that is related to disease.

Misconception: BMI Measures Body Fat
Two people can have the same BMI, but a different percent body fat. A bodybuilder with a large muscle mass and a low percent body fat may have the same BMI as a person who has more body fat because BMI is calculated using weight and height only.

Misconception: BMI is a diagnostic tool
BMI alone is not diagnostic. It is one of many risk factors for disease and death. As a person's BMI increases the risk for many diseases increases as well.

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