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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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blossommac blossommac 7 years
i'm 5'3 normaly i will wait 120...but i went to belgium to a exchange students programs now i weight 77 kg i feel really sad and fat :-S
ClearSkinDiva14 ClearSkinDiva14 7 years
I am 5'10 and I'm 140 pounds. Apparently the scale says I'm eighteen pounds underweight?? 140 is a normal weight for me. I remember when I was doing crazy dieting I was down to around 129-130. I wasn't anorexix looking, but I was extremely slim. I don't plan on doing that stupid diet ever again.
Karitas Karitas 8 years
Here's what I don't get about this stuff.... I am 5'3, and weight 135...which is apparently 5 lbs away from being overweight. HOWEVER, I wear a size 4... and I think thats fairly thin. My question is... what is a good size/height ratio. Screw the weight... because I'm pretty sure i weight a lot due to muscle....
AngelGrl135 AngelGrl135 9 years
umm smart blonde - anything ounce for ounce weighs the same! but it takes less muscle to make up an ounce than it does fat, hence - MUSCLE WEIGHS MORE THAN FAT
adelka adelka 9 years
Thanks for the chart. It seems right on target.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
Quoting: "Just so you know, it may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build since muscle weighs more than fat." Muscle DOES NOT weigh more than fat. Please don't say that. Muscle is DENSER than fat, and therefore weighs more per square inch than fat, but ounce for ounce it does not weigh more. (Just like the old question: which weighs more, a ton of feathers or a ton of bricks?)
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Good to know, thanks.
ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
hannah...13 pounds is better then needing to lose 30 or even 50 pounds like some people do to be in the "healthy" category. good luck hun! cravin...good luck with keeping up the work for your reunion!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I am so glad you put this on here! I've been wanting to know this myself!!!!!!
silvergirl silvergirl 9 years
I just converted those (we have the other metric system here ..) and I weigh 112 for 5'5" - which seems pretty normal :-)
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 9 years
Thanks for posting this. I have seen a lot of girls ask questions on the advice page regarding weight. I am glad to know I fit in the right spot with my weight.
puddinpie puddinpie 9 years
The "recommended" weight looks a little high. Whatever happened to the 100 lbs for 5'0", then +5 lbs. for each additional inch after that?
EcannDallas EcannDallas 9 years
95 pounds is in the healthy range for my height?? (5'0") that seems a little too small. i weigh around 102 and would never consider 95 healthy. but like fit said, every body is different. a friend of mine always compares our weight since we are similiar in height. she weighs around 112 pounds but she has curves in all the right places, and i have no chest haha. boobs play a part ladies!!!
GeikoSera GeikoSera 9 years
Wow, it's great to see those numbers. Even though I've been aware of ranges, that is the most healthy "range" I've seen displayed yet! Most "normal" weight I see for my height (5' 0") has been 100-105, and I could never get down that low. 112 is much better and healther and more realistic!
smarler smarler 9 years
Thanks for sharing this. It's important for me to remember that I can be anywhere within the healthy range and that I don't need to strain to reach the bottom of the range. As long as I stay in a healthy place, I'm cool with that.
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
Awwwwwwww it made little hugging smilies!!! lol
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
good for you cravinsugar!!! ::hug:: :)
Fitness Fitness 9 years
This chart is just a guide - and not at all meant to make you feel bad about yourself. It's important to have a healthy body image. I know all the magazines and super models out there already make us feel bad enough, and we don't need our our negative thoughts adding to it! Maybe this chart can serve as motivation to keep up your healthy lifestyle - eating nutritious food and staying active - that's what it's all about!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I don't think BMI is the best, since it doesn't take into account muscle... Take a look at some hockey players, football players... They're like, 6'3" and 240, in perfect shape, all muscle. I bet according to the BMI scale that would be obese. I'm just saying a more accurate way to tell if you're overweight or not is to do a skin fold test.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 9 years
Me too, JustMe21 - want to head over to the Diet Support Suite with me?
lady-T lady-T 9 years
i dont measure in scales is in kgs!! :(
JustMe21 JustMe21 9 years
Wow...this chart made me sad :-(
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
You know what? I don't know how tall I really am! I'm somewhere in between 5"1 and 5"3. Last Saturday I weighed 122....who knows how much I'll be when I weigh myself again; although I regularly excercise I've been bad with food this week :-(
Robyn-Tang Robyn-Tang 9 years
I've always been iffy about the BMI. I'm considered as underweight but really I'm just short and have small bones...with a whole lotta fat! :P
any any 9 years
if im 1.45 cm tall :S or short jeje how much is on foot
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