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Quick Way to Estimate a Healthy Weight

Q. What is a quick way to estimate a healthy weight?

Healthy Weight For Women

  • Allow 105 pounds for 5 feet.
  • If you are taller, add an extra 5 pounds per inch.
  • If you are shorter, subtract 5 pounds per inch.
  • The healthy weight range will be about 10 per cent either side of the final figure.

Example of Healthy Weight (Women)

If you are 5 feet 2 inches, allow yourself 105 pounds plus 2 x 5 pounds. This totals 115 pounds. The healthy weight range for a woman of 5 feet 2 inches is therefore approximately 103-127 pounds.

Healthy Weight for Men

  • Allow 110 pounds for 5 feet.
  • If you are taller, add an extra 6 pounds per inch.
  • If you are shorter, subtract 6 pounds per inch.
  • The acceptable weight range will be 10 per cent either side of the final figure.

Example of Healthy Weight (Men)

If you are 5 feet 10 inches, allow yourself 110 pounds plus 10 x 6 pounds. This totals 170 pounds. The healthy weight range for a man of 5 feet 10 inches is therefore approximately 153-187 pounds.

Healthy Weight and Age

Note: If you are 35 years or older, you may allow yourself an extra 8-10 pounds. Applies to both women and men.

Healthy Weight – Approximations Only

These healthy weight ranges are approximate only.

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