Healthy Weight: The right weight for your age and height – Part 1


Paying attention to your weight is very important. Heart attacks and strokes, once reserved for senior citizens, are now overpowering people as young as 30. So what exactly is the ideal weight? Is there a magic number that tells you all’s well with your body?

Despite the presence of countless websites, weighing machines, fitness centres, and gyms, the question “how much should I weigh for my age and height?” still persists.

Through this write-up, we have tried to put together some of the most popular ways your weight is calculated. But before you take a look at the various ways of calculating your body weight, here are certain interesting facts you should know!

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What Determines Your Body Weight?

Along with your height and age, there are some other factors that actually determine your ideal body weight, which many a time is left out during calculations. Some of the factors that one should ideally consider while calculating his/her weight include:

  1. Age
  2. Sex
  3. Height
  4. Body frame
  5. Bone density
  6. Body fat percentage

Along with the above-mentioned factors, your gene, race, as well as metabolic rates play a major role in determining your ideal body weight. While many believe that Body Mass Index is the perfect indicator of your ideal weight, many feel waist to hip ratio is the right one.

An Interesting Revelation

Various studies suggest that people who are overweight, in fact, are less prone to mortality risks and dreaded medical conditions than those who fall into the category of normal weight. Well, that is something really interesting here.

So here are the various ways your weight is calculated normally.

1. The Weighing Scale:

There is no explanation required about the weighing scale. Stand on it, preferably as soon as you wake up, and weigh yourself. So, let us say your weighing scale shows you are 76 kg and your height is 5 feet 6 inches. And, you are a woman who is 31, a mother of 2 kids, with obesity in genes, and with a broad frame. How correct do you think the scale is?

To keep it simple, what you see on the scale is the gross weight. And, if you are weighing yourself at a fitness centre or doctor, then, of course, you are going to be classified as obese. But you will be considered slightly overweight if the person is well aware of the other factors that determine the weight factor.

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2. The Body Mass Index:

This is the most popular, and not to deny, the most sought after method for concluding whether you fall into the ideal weight category. So, what exactly is body mass index? It is nothing but the ratio of your weight to height.

Here is how you calculate your BMI.

BMI [Metric] = Weight (kg)/Height(m)

For example, if you weight 90 kilos and you are 1.8 m tall, then your BMI will be something like this:

BMI = 90/ (1.8 * 1.8) = 27.77

BMI [Imperial] = [Weight (lbs) * 703]/Height[inches]

For example, if you weight 198 lbs and height is 71 inches, then your BMI will be:

BMI = (198 * 703)/(72*72) = 139194/5184 = 26.85

According to health practitioners from across the world, the BMI acceptance levels is something as follows:

Less than 18.5 Underweight
18.5 to 25 Ideal
25 to 30 Overweight
Greater than 30 Obese

Calculate Your BMI

But is BMI The Right Way To Measure Your Weight?

The answer is indeed a little tricky, but I would say it is not accurate in anyway. And why do I say that? Well, for one, it does not take into consideration even your sex or age, leave aside the chest, waist, and hip measurements! A huge couch potato might end up with a lower BMI than a fit athlete of the same height. The reason – the belly fat, the huge thighs, love handles, the sex, race, without knowledge of these factors one just cannot determine the ideal weight of a person.

Plus, it forgets a quintessential weight determining factor – the bone density. A person who looks quite fat might be weighing more because of her bone density and not merely the sluggish fat. If a female is suffering from intense levels of osteoporosis, she might record a low BMI when compared to a woman who possesses heavier fat and weaker bones, but with the same height. However, despite such drawbacks, the BMI is a method people still prefer to rely on. In simple words, the body fat in people go unnoticed in a BMI calculator and the results are highly erratic.

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3. Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR):

The next one in the league is the ratio of your waist size and hip size. Waist should always be measured at the smallest point just above your navel, while hips should be measured at the widest point. Waist To Hip Ratio Calculator.

Waist to hip ratio = Waist at its Smallest Circumference/Hips at its Widest Circumference:

If you are a woman with a waist of 33 and hips of 42, then your Waist to hip ratio will be:

WHR = 33/42 = 0.78

Here is how it will help you assess if you are falling into the desired weight category:

Male Waist To Hip Ratio Assessment:

Below 0.9 Low
0.9 – 0.99 Moderate
Above 0.99 High

Female Waist To Hip Ratio Assessment:

Below 0.8 Low
0.8 – 0.89 Moderate
Above 0.89 High




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