Since improper weight management can lead to various diseases, knowing your ideal body weight is the first important step towards good health. So what is the best way to determine a healthy weight? You can calculate your body mass index using BMI calculator, or you can look at your height and weight in the chart below.
Note: This ideal height/weight chart is only suitable for adult men and women. It isn’t suitable for children or young people under the age of 18.
What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?
Determining how much you should weigh is not as simple as looking at a height-weight chart, but it includes considering the amount of bone, muscle, and fat in your body’s composition.
The amount of fat in your body is the critical measurement. The body mass index is a very good indicator of how much fat you carry in the body. Although it is not a perfect measure, it provides a fairly accurate assessment of how much of your body is composed of fat. Having a BMI higher than 24.9 may mean that you are overweight.
How To Measure Your BMI?
BMI is your weight (in kilograms) over your height squared (in centimeters). Let’s calculate, however, using pounds and inches.
For instance, the BMI of a person who is 5’3″ and weighs 125 lbs is calculated as follows:
-Multiply the weight in pounds by 0.45 (the metric conversion factor)
125 X 0.45 = 56.25 kg
-Multiply the height in inches by 0.025 (the metric conversion factor)
63 X 0.025 = 1.575 m
-Square the answer from step 2
1.575 X 1.575 = 2.480625
-Divide the answer from step 1 by the answer from step 3
56.25 : 2.480625 = 22.7
The BMI for a person who is 5’3″ and weighs 125 lbs is 22.7 or practically, 23. A healthy BMI ranges between 19 and 25.
The more sedentary your lifestyle, the closer your weight should be to the lower end of the recommended range. It is also important not to increase your weight significantly after age 18. Limit that weight gain to less than 11 pounds. The good news about this recommendation is that if you follow the exercise and dietary guidelines, it is much easier to maintain a healthy weight. Use the graphic below to see your ideal weight and BMI.