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Ideal Weight Table for Men

IDEAL WEIGHT TABLE FOR MEN *
HEIGHT WEIGHT
Small Frame** Medium Frame** Large Frame**
(inches) (cm) (lbs) (kg) (lbs) (kg) (lbs) (kg)
5' 1" 154.94 128-134 58.06-60.78 131-141 59.42-63.96 138-150 62.60-68.04
5' 2" 157.48 130-136 58.97-61.69 133-143 60.33-64.86 140-153 63.50-69.40
5' 3" 160.02 132-138 59.88-62.60 135-145 61.24-65.77 142-156 64.41-70.76
5' 4" 162.56 134-140 60.78-63.50 137-148 62.14-67.13 144-160 65.32-72.58
5' 5" 165.10 136-142 61.69-64.41 139-151 63.05-68.49 146-164 66.23-74.39
5' 6" 167.64 138-145 62.60-65.78 142-154 64.41-69.85 149-168 67.59-76.20
5' 7" 170.18 140-148 63.50-67.13 145-157 65.77-71.22 152-172 68.95-78.02
5' 8" 172.72 142-151 64.41-68.50 148-160 67.13-72.58 155-176 70.31-79.83
5' 9" 175.26 144-154 65.32-69.85 151-163 68.49-73.94 158-180 71.67-81.65
5' 10" 177.80 146-157 66.23-71.22 154-166 69.85-75.30 161-184 73.03-83.46
5' 11" 180.34 149-160 67.59-72.58 157-170 71.22-77.11 164-188 74.39-85.28
6' 0" 182.88 152-164 68.95-74.40 160-174 72.58-78.93 168-192 76.20-87.09
6' 1" 185.42 155-168 70.31-76.20 164-178 74.39-80.74 172-197 78.02-89.36
6' 2" 187.96 158-172 71.67-78.02 167-182 75.75-82.56 176-202 79.83-91.63
6' 3" 190.50 162-176 73.48-79.83 171-187 77.57-84.82 181-207 82.10-93.90
6' 4" 193.04 166-180 75.30-81.65 175-192 79.38-87.09 186-212 84.37-96.16
6' 5" 195.58 170-184 77.11-83.46 179-197 81.19-89.36 191-217 86.64-98.43
6' 6" 198.12 174-189 78.93-85.73 183-202 83.01-91.63 196-223 88.91-101.15

* The ideal weights given in these tables are for ages 25 to 59. The weights assume you are wearing indoor clothing weighing 5 pounds (lbs) but not wearing any footwear (shoes, sandals, etc.).

** Your frame size or body build is determined by the thickness of the bones in your elbows, knees, ankles, and wrists. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company offers this method of determining your body frame size: Extend your arm and bend your forearm upward at a 90 degree angle. With your fingers straight, turn the inside of your wrist toward your body. Place your thumb and index finger of the other hand on the two prominent bones of the elbow. Measure the space between the fingers against a ruler or a tape measure. Compare your measurement with the figures in the table below. Elbow measurements less than those given indicate a small frame; greater measurements indicate a large frame.

Height Elbow Breadth for Medium Frame
(inches) (cm) (inches) (cm)
5' 1" - 5' 6" 154.94 - 167.64 2 1/2" - 2 7/8" 6.35 - 7.3025
5' 7" - 6' 2" 170.18 - 187.96 2 3/4" - 3 1/8" 6.985 - 7.9375
6' 3" - 6' 6" 190.50 - 198.12 2 7/8" - 3 1/4" 7.3025 - 8.255

It is important to consider body composition. If you are muscular and athletic, you may weigh more than a sedentary person of the same height and frame size, yet you may be trim, while your sedentary counterpart may be overweight. If your weight comes from muscle, you may fall technically into the overweight category yet not be fat. However, in general, as you approach 20% or more above your desirable weight, your excess weight usually comes from fat. Body fat percentage can be determined by several methods, such as skinfold thickness, underwater weighing, total body water (hydrometry), and whole body potassium.