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Ideal Weight Table for Women

IDEAL WEIGHT TABLE FOR WOMEN *
HEIGHT WEIGHT
Small Frame** Medium Frame** Large Frame**
(inches) (cm) (lbs) (kg) (lbs) (kg) (lbs) (kg)
4' 9" 144.78 102-111 46.27-50.35 109-121 49.44-54.89 118-131 53.52-59.42
4' 10" 147.32 103-113 46.72-51.26 111-123 50.35-55.79 120-134 54.43-60.78
4' 11" 149.86 104-115 47.17-52.16 113-126 51.26-57.15 122-137 55.34-62.14
5' 0" 152.40 106-118 48.08-53.52 115-129 52.16-58.51 125-140 56.70-63.50
5' 1" 154.94 108-121 48.99-54.89 118-132 53.52-59.88 128-143 58.06-64.86
5' 2" 157.48 111-124 50.35-56.25 121-135 54.89-61.24 131-147 59.42-66.68
5' 3" 160.02 114-127 51.71-57.61 124-138 56.25-62.60 134-151 60.78-68.49
5' 4" 162.56 117-130 53.07-58.97 127-141 57.61-63.96 137-155 62.14-70.31
5' 5" 165.10 120-133 54.43-60.33 130-144 58.97-65.32 140-159 63.50-72.12
5' 6" 167.64 123-136 55.79-61.69 133-147 60.33-66.68 143-163 64.86-73.94
5' 7" 170.18 126-139 57.15-63.05 136-150 61.69-68.04 146-167 66.23-75.75
5' 8" 172.72 129-142 58.51-64.41 139-153 63.05-69.40 149-170 67.59-77.11
5' 9" 175.26 132-145 59.88-65.77 142-156 64.41-70.76 152-173 68.95-78.47
5' 10" 177.80 135-148 61.24-67.13 145-159 65.77-72.12 155-176 70.31-79.83
5' 11" 180.34 138-151 62.60-68.49 148-162 67.13-73.48 158-179 71.67-81.19
6' 0" 182.88 141-154 63.96-69.85 152-166 68.95-75.30 162-183 73.48-83.01
6' 1" 185.42 144-157 65.32-71.22 156-170 70.76-77.11 166-187 75.30-84.82
6' 2" 187.96 148-161 67.13-73.03 160-174 72.58-78.93 170-191 77.11-86.64

* The ideal weights given in these tables are for ages 25 to 59. The weights assume you are wearing indoor clothing weighing 3 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)
4' 9" - 5' 2" 144.78 - 157.48 2 1/4" - 2 1/2" 5.715 - 6.35
5' 3" - 5' 11" 160.02 - 180.34 2 3/8" - 2 5/8" 6.0325 - 6.6675
6' 0" - 6' 2" 182.88 - 187.96 2 1/2" - 2 3/4" 6.35 - 6.985

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.