BMI Chart: Am I Overweight As Per My Height And Age?

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We all wonder about our height and weight and always want to know How Much Weigh for our Height and Weight. Every time we take the necessary steps to control our weight, and for that, we keep a check on our diet also. We can find out our body mass index  by using the interactive BMI Chart, Weight and Height Chart.

However, Ideal weight differs from person to person because of a lot of factors on which your ideal weight depends. These Includes-

  1. Age
  2. Muscle-Fat Ratio
  3. Height
  4. Sex Composition
  5. Frame Size
  6. Body Shape
  7. Body Fat Distribution

 

But we still wonder what a Healthy Weight is and how to get that appropriately. We all know that overweight leads to various health issues which include, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, Cardiovascular Problems. Now the point to think here is that how do we know that whether we fall in overweight or we have a healthy weight.

It’s quite easy to figure out the estimated healthy weight. The Simple Tools for that are :

1) Body Mass Index 

BMI Chart

Body Mass Index is one of the popular tools to measure weight with your height, and its an appropriate way to measure body weight.

If the result is between 18.5-24.9, then you’re considered in the normal weight range for your height. If it is under 18.5, then you are underweight, and if it is between 25-29.9, then you are considered overweight, and if you are 30 -35, or above that, then you will fall into the Obese weight range.

However, BMI Result is not accurate because there are other lots of factors that also matter to determine an ideal weight as I told you above.

You can check your BMI with our personalized BMI Calculator

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How much do you Weigh Related to your Height

A Height and Weight Chart can be considered as a guide only to check your weight by height but it’s not the best way to determine your ideal weight.

BMI Chart lists the weights of adults in the different BMI ranges at different heights
  1. Normal(BMI 18.5-24.9)
  2. Overweight(BMI 25-29.9)
  3. Obese(BMI 30-35+)
Height4’10”4’11”55'1"5'2"5'3"5'4"5'5"5'6"5'7"5'8"5'9"5'10"5'11"5'12"6'1"6'2"6'3"
Normal91-11894-12397-127100-131104-135107-140110-144114-149118-154121-158125-163128-168132-173136-178140-183144-188148-193152-199
Overweight119-142124-147128-152132-157136-163141-168145-173150-179155-185159-190164-196169-202174-208179-214184-220189-226194-232200-239
Obese143-167148-173153-179158-185164-191169-197174-204180-210186-216191-223197-230203-236209-243215-250221-258227-265233-272240-279

Many of you are those whose weight and height distributions are not listed here in this BMI Chart, and you surely want to consult the BMI calculator for the same. But be aware as the BMI will not show the accurate results of you as taller and shorter people will have a BMI the may not be representative of their health.

Drawbacks of BMI
  • BMI has some drawbacks also as it doesn’t take into account all the variable that affects your healthy weight. The factors that effects are –
  • waist or hip measurements
  • proportion or distribution of fat
  • the proportion of muscle mass

For example. older adults have more body fat than the younger ones. Similarly, females have higher body fat than males.

2) Waist-to-Hip Ratio (WHR)

Waist to Hip Ratio (WHR) is one of the tools that is used by your doctor to check if you are overweight or is your health at risk?

Unlike your Body Mass Index(BMI), Waist to Hip Ratio measures the ratio of your waist circumference to your hip circumference. It determines how much fat is stored on your lower body like waist, hips, and buttocks.

How to Measure your Waist to Hip Ratio

Your Doctor can figure out your Waist to Hip Ratio but if you want to do it at your home by yourself then you have to take these steps-

1) Stand and Breathe normally. After exhale, use a measuring tape to measure the inches around your natural waist, which is the smallest part above your belly button. The number that you get is your waist circumference.

2) Then measure around the largest part of your hips and buttocks with the help of tape. This will tell your hip circumference.

3) After this, divide your waist circumference by your hip circumference to get WHR.

For Females, the healthy ratio is 0.85 or less. For males, it is 0.9 or less. If the WHR is higher than 1 then it will increase the risk of Heart Disease and related conditions for both the sex.

Following Chart provides information on how to read your WHR

Health RiskLowModerateHigh
Females0.80 or lower0.81 to 0.850.86 or higher
Males0.95 or lower0.96 to 1.01.0 or higher

This method also has some drawbacks as well as if you are measuring yourself then you might not get accurate results.

Some people won’t get accurate results with WHR. This includes those people who are shorter than 5-feet tall or who have a BMI of 35 or higher. This method also isn’t recommended for children.

3) Waist to Height Ratio

Fat around the midsection may be the indicator of your health. It is another tool to predict the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cardiovascular diseases, and overall mortality more effectively than BMI.

How to Calculate your Waist to Height Ratio 

Take your waist circumference in inches and divide it by your height in inches. If your waist measurement is less than half of your height, that means you have a low risk of life-threatening health complications, and you are in a healthy range.

  • 5 feet and 4 inches tall(163cm) women should have a waist measurement below 32 inches (81cm).
  • 6 feet or 183 centimeters tall man should have a waist measurement below 36 inches or 91 cm.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), a man with a waist size of 40 inches or above, or a woman with a waist size of 35 inches or above is on a higher risk of having –

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Coronary Artery Disease

This does not, however, take a person’s hip size or height into consideration.

Following Chart for you to compare your Results

Waist to HeightFemalesMales
Underweight > 42% > 43%
Healthy Weight 42%-48%43%-52%
Overweight49%-57%53%-62%
Obese Weight < 58% < 63%

4) Body Fat Percentage

You cannot determine the total fat on your body based on your weight only. It also depends on the lifestyle you have, your diet, and the activities that you are engaged in.

Muscle and Fat weigh different amounts. An athlete person may get an inaccurate BMI if their body is made of mostly muscle because their muscle weighs more. So, it would be more effective to use Body fat Measurement.

If you are having a high proportion of body fat, then you are at a higher risk of having below mentioned diseases – 

  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • stroke

To measure a person’s fitness level, the correct way is to calculate body fat percentage because it reflects the person’s body composition.

BMI doesn’t distinguish between fat and muscle mass.

How to Calculate Body Fat Percentage

You can consult your doctor or personal trainer, or use an online calculator. The measurement that you’ll need for this is your weight, height, waist and hip circumference, and wrist and forearm circumference.

There are also other tools to determine your body fat percentage. To pinch a fat from certain areas of the body and measure the amount of fat, you can use calipers tool. 

Other techniques include:
  • underwater weighing
  • air densitometry, which measures air displacement
  • dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA)
  • bioelectrical impedance analysis

You will not get accurate results from these methods but will get an estimate which will close to it for sure.

After knowing your body fat percentage, compare with this chart that shows the healthy ranges by sex and age.

AgeFemaleMale
20-2916-24%7-17%
30-3917-25%12-21%
40-4919-28%14-23%
50-5922-31%16-24%
60-6922-33%17-25%

Although, it would be best to leave this method to a professional as it will be difficult for you to measure this at home to get an accurate number unless you are trained to use skin calipers.

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