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):
|Height||Normal weight - BMI 19–24||Overweight - BMI 25–29||Obesity - BMI 30–39||Severe obesity - BMI 40+|
|4 ft 10 in(58 in)||91–115 lb||119–138 lb||143–186 lb||191–258 lb|
|4 ft 11 in(59 in)||94–119 lb||124–143 lb||148–193 lb||198–267 lb|
|5ft(60 in”)||97–123 lb||128–148 lb||153–199 lb||204–276 lb|
|5 ft 1 in(61 in)||100–127 lb||132–153 lb||158–206 lb||211–285 lb|
|5 ft 2 in(62 in)||104–131 lb||136–158 lb||164–213 lb||218–295 lb|
|5 ft 3 in(63 in)||107–135 lb||141–163 lb||169–220 lb||225–304 lb|
|5 ft 4 in(64 in)||110–140 lb||145–169 lb||174–227 lb||232–314 lb|
|5 ft 5 in(65 in)||114–144 lb||150–174 lb||180–234 lb||240–324 lb|
|5 ft 6 in(66 in)||118–148 lb||155–179 lb||186–241 lb||247–334 lb|
|5 ft 7 in(67 in)||121–153 lb||159–185 lb||191–249 lb||255–344 lb|
|5 ft 8 in(68 in)||125–158 lb||164–190 lb||197–256 lb||262–354 lb|
|5 ft 9 in(69 in)||128–162 lb||169–196 lb||203–263 lb||270–365 lb|
|5 ft 10 in(70 in)||132–167 lb||174–202 lb||209–271 lb||278–376 lb|
|5 ft 11 in(71 in)||136–172 lb||179–208 lb||215–279 lb||286–386 lb|
|6 ft(72 in)||140–177 lb||184–213 lb||221–287 lb||294–397 lb|
|6 ft 1 in(73 in)||144–182 lb||189–219 lb||227–295 lb||302–408 lb|
|6 ft 2 in(74 in)||148–186 lb||194–225 lb||233–303 lb||311–420 lb|
|6 ft 3 in(75 in)||152–192 lb||200–232 lb||240–311 lb||319–431 lb|
|6 ft 4 in(76 in)||156–197 lb||205–238 lb||246–320 lb||328–443 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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