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You Asked: What is the Healthiest Weight at Each Height?

Dear FitSugar,

Can you explain what a good weight range is for different heights? You hear so many weights for different heights and such a huge range. I am wondering what is the healthiest weight at each height.

Interesting question! Since body weight is a dynamic force (it is common to fluctuate in a 5 pound range over a month) the "recommended" weight is really not meant for you to measure yourself against. It is more for you to use as a reference point. With that in mind, check out this handy dandy chart to help answer your question. For each height, I listed "Recommended Weight," but also showed the "Lowest" and "Highest Healthy Weights" to show you the range.

This is meant to be a tool to gauge what your weight should be compared to your height. This isn't meant to make you feel bad about yourself. I just want to encourage you to live a long, happy and healthy life, and maintaining the recommended weight for your height is one way to make that happen.

Height Recommended Weight
in lbs
Lowest Healthy
Weight in lbs
Highest Healthy
Weight in lbs
4'10" 105 88 119
4'11" 108 91 123
5'0" 112 95 127
5'1" 116 98 132
5'2" 120 100 136
5'3" 123 104 140
5'4" 127 107 145
5'5" 131 110 149
5'6" 136 114 154
5'7" 140 117 159
5'8" 144 121 164
5'9" 148 125 169
5'10" 153 128 173
5'11" 157 132 178
6'0" 161 136 184

Fit's Tips: You can also check out Fit's BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator. All you do is type in your current height and weight, and it figures out how much body fat you have.

Just so you know, it may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build since muscle weighs more than fat. Also remember that a healthy attitude about your body is the most important thing here, and this is just another tool to encourage you to be healthy.


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