Set a realistic "Ideal Weight" goal for your body,

Try to Feel Good about yourself even if you are overweight.

Did you know:   Almost all "ideal body weight"  websites use obsolete formulas or tables created in 1979 or earlier.

On this page: Learn what people just like you think about their ideal weight.

Then: Set your own diet goal somewhere between a medically-recommended weight and a weight that your peers would hope for.

Please enter your Weight, Height, Age and Gender, then Click the Calculate Button. 

  Weight: can  convert
lbs to kg
  Height:  or   
  Age: years  or 
  Gender:  

View the Calculation Results Below:

Peoples Choice Ideal Weight:

This shows the average weight that other people of your Age, Height, Weight and Gender would describe as their ideal weight.

Women tend to imagine their ideal weight is unrealistically low, so they diet unnecessarily. Men tend to allow their ideal weight to be higher than medically recommended. Men and Women should learn from each other.

 
Medical Recommendation:

This recommendation is based on a Body Mass Index (BMI) range of 19-25.

Medical evidence suggests that all body weights within this range are reasonably equally healthy (for people of your height). Outside this range, health risks may occur.

Your current Body Mass Index is kg/m2

Use a combination of the above results, to set your own personal goal.


Other results are described below for completeness, but they aren't recommended.

Metropolitan Life tables:
for frame size

This range was taken from the Height and Weight look-up tables created by the Metropolitan Life Insurance company in 1979.

The use of the Met Life tables is very prevalent on the internet, Most websites label them incorrectly as an "ideal" range. However, the values are too large for short people, and laughably wrong for tall people. They have no Age modifiers, and the definition of frame size is too hard to understand.

 
Other IBW formulas:

Dr. BJ Devine created formulas in 1974. Dr. JD Robinson and Dr. DR Miller modified the formulas slightly in 1983. Use:

 

The Devine formulas were initially developed to set certain medication doses based on body weight and height. Over time, their use has spread beyond their intended purpose.

I suggest you use the Devine formula if you are a man or use the Robinson formula if you are a woman.

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Last modified 26-May-2008
by Steven B. Halls, MD   Copyright


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