How Much Should a Woman Weigh? Women’s Height and Weight Chart

Every Body is Different and Various Factors like Body Mass Index (BMI) Play a Role in Determining the Recommended Weight for a Woman

Let’s cut right to the chase: One-size-fits-all only applies to pantyhose and cheap Halloween costumes—not identifying a healthy weight for a woman. Learning a healthy weight range for you can depend on a number of different factors; so before you pigeonhole yourself into achieving an unrealistic number on the scale based on your favorite Instagram model, consider that many different things play a part in determining a healthy weight for every individual. 

If you grew up in a time when “heroin chic”—the early 90’s style defined by pale skin and emaciated body features (think Kate Moss in her prime)—was popular, or that time every tabloid called Jessica Simpson, a size 4 at the time, “fat” when an unusual camera angle and high-waisted jeans trend collided, you may still have an unrealistic belief system around weight and how it correlates to health. Let’s bring clarity to what a healthy weight should look like for a woman.

Healthy Weight and BMI (Body Mass Index)

BMI, or Body Mass Index, is how the CDC determines whether or not your weight is within the normal or healthy weight range. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight, calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms or pounds by the square of height in meters (or feet). A high BMI can be indicative of obesity and other serious risk factors for your health, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, and some cancers. You can use a BMI calculator to determine your BMI based on your height and weight.

A couple things to remember about BMI:

  • BMI is only one factor to consider when determining a healthy weight.
  • Age is a factor in BMI for children because they are still growing, but does not have any bearing on your BMI as an adult.
  • BMI takes into consideration your height and weight but does not take into account other important factors of health such as waist or hip circumference, proportion of body fat (for example, more fat around the midsection is unhealthier and associated with heart attacks and strokes), or muscle mass.
  • BMI does not distinguish different ethnicities which all have varying levels of body fat.
  • BMI should not be the only measure to determine ideal body weight.

To determine whether or not your weight is in a healthy range based on your height, you can also use the following weight and height chart from NIH (National Institutes of Health):

HeightNormal weight - BMI 19–24Overweight - BMI 25–29Obesity - BMI 30–39Severe obesity - BMI 40+
4 ft 10 in(58 in)91–115 lb119–138 lb143–186 lb191–258 lb
4 ft 11 in(59 in)94–119 lb124–143 lb148–193 lb198–267 lb
5ft(60 in”)97–123 lb128–148 lb153–199 lb204–276 lb
5 ft 1 in(61 in)100–127 lb132–153 lb158–206 lb211–285 lb
5 ft 2 in(62 in)104–131 lb136–158 lb164–213 lb218–295 lb
5 ft 3 in(63 in)107–135 lb141–163 lb169–220 lb225–304 lb
5 ft 4 in(64 in)110–140 lb145–169 lb174–227 lb232–314 lb
5 ft 5 in(65 in)114–144 lb150–174 lb180–234 lb240–324 lb
5 ft 6 in(66 in)118–148 lb155–179 lb186–241 lb247–334 lb
5 ft 7 in(67 in)121–153 lb159–185 lb191–249 lb255–344 lb
5 ft 8 in(68 in)125–158 lb164–190 lb197–256 lb262–354 lb
5 ft 9 in(69 in)128–162 lb169–196 lb203–263 lb270–365 lb
5 ft 10 in(70 in)132–167 lb174–202 lb209–271 lb278–376 lb
5 ft 11 in(71 in)136–172 lb179–208 lb215–279 lb286–386 lb
6 ft(72 in)140–177 lb184–213 lb221–287 lb294–397 lb
6 ft 1 in(73 in)144–182 lb189–219 lb227–295 lb302–408 lb
6 ft 2 in(74 in)148–186 lb194–225 lb233–303 lb311–420 lb
6 ft 3 in(75 in)152–192 lb200–232 lb240–311 lb319–431 lb
6 ft 4 in(76 in)156–197 lb205–238 lb246–320 lb328–443 lb

Determining Your Ideal Body Weight

Figuring out a healthy weight range is important since the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) links being overweight or obese to a number of serious health conditions, including an increased risk for cancer. Finding and achieving a healthy weight by eating a nutritious diet and exercising regularly means you’ll feel (and look) your best. The FDA recently approved a new weight loss drug that, in clinical trials, showed significant weight loss in participants. While using your BMI to calculate whether or not you fall into the ideal weight range for your body type, for the best and most accurate results, it is recommended to combine BMI measurement with other measurements such as your waist circumference and hip-to-waist ratio.

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