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Fitness and Health

Fitness and health go hand in hand, and this section of our health library is devoted to exploring the relationship between these two very important aspects of life.

How Much Should I Weigh?

If you're wondering how much you should weigh, you're not alone. This is a popular question that our team answers many times on a daily basis. Below you'll find a variety of methods for determining how much you should weigh.

How Much Should I Weigh?

How much should I weigh?—the question on everyone’s minds.

If you want to know how much you should weigh, you’ll need to find your body mass index (BMI) and your waist size. Next time someone asks, “How much should I weigh?” you can tell them that a healthy weight is one that is right for your body type and your height.


• Underweight:
If your BMI is less than 18.5, you are in the underweight category.

• Recommended Weight Range for Your Height:
If your BMI is between 19 and 24.9, you are in the recommended weight range for your height.

• Overweight:
If your BMI is 25 to 29.9, you are in the overweight category.

• Obese:
If your BMI is 30 or higher, you're in the obese category.

Waist size

For most people who ask, “How much should I weight?” the target waist size is:

      - Less than 40 inches (102 centimeters) for men.

      - Less than 35 inches (88 centimeters) for women.

Other Factors

There are also some other factors that play into your ideal weight. These other factors include age, muscle-fat ratio, height, sex and bone density.

BMI is a very simple measurement. A track star may have the same BMI as an out of shape couch potato of the same height. A BMI measurement essentially says that the two will both be equally healthy.

That’s obviously not the case.

Experts say that BMI underestimates the amount of body fat in overweight/obese people and overestimates it in lean or muscular people.

When people ask, “How much should I weigh?” It’s a good idea to look at your waist-hip ratio and your total body fat percentage for a more accurate number.

Waist-hip ratio (WHR)

A waist-hip measurement is the ratio of the circumference of your waist to your hips. You measure the smallest circumference of your waist, usually just above your belly button and divide that by the circumference of your hip at its widest part.

The ideal WHR for men is less than 0.9 and less than 0.8 for women.

Body fat percentage

Your body fat percentage is the weight of your fat divided by your total weight. The result indicates your essential fat as well as storage fat.

      - Essential fat: the amount of fat we need to survive. Women require a higher percentage than men. Essential fat is 2%-5% in men and 10%-13% in women.

      - Storage fat: this consists of fat accumulation, some of which protects our internal organs in the chest and abdomen.

      - Total body fat percentage: this is essential fat plus storage fat.

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