To everyone who asks, “how much should I weigh for my height and age?”, the first thing you should receive is a recommendation for asking the right question. Most people are only concerned with how much they weight instead of looking at how it relates to their height as well as their age which is very important.

Why is it important to consider the issue of how much should I weigh for my height and age?

When it comes to your height, your frame size is considered. The simple explanation behind it is that a very short person cannot afford to be extremely obese as this places to much stress on their bones and muscles which are probably overwhelmed by the extra weight. A taller person on the other hand, can carry more weight but only up to some extent.

As for the age factor, it would simply be impossible to live a relatively healthy life during the later stages of life if you were overweight. Imagine trying to lug around 330pounds around when you’re 80 years old! Not only do you have to contend with being slow as a result of being morbidly obese, you also have to deal with your aged limbs which are already struggling just to operate normally without even having to deal with the extra weight.

This all brings you back to the initial question. So how do you find a simplified way to get the answers you need?

Chart to answer, “how much should I weigh for my height and age?”

The chart below takes into account your frame when determining how much you should weigh.

Men’s guide:

Key:

Height in feet and inches

Weight in pounds for each frame size indicated

Height                  Small Frame     Medium Frame Large Frame

5’1″             123                      134                          145

5’2″             125                      137                          148

5’4″             129                      142                          155

5’6″             133                       148                          163

5’8″             137                       154                         171

5’10″          141                       160                         179

6’0″            147                        167                         187

6’2″            153                       175                          197

Women’s guide:

Height  Small Frame      Medium Frame       Large Frame

4’10″            100        115         131

5’0″               103        120         137

5’1″               105        122          140

5’2″               108        125          144

5’4″               114        133           152

5’6″               120        140           160

5’8″               126         146           167

5’10″            132         153             173

6’0″              138         159            179

If your height is somewhere in between two classes and isn’t represented, you can do a rough average of the lower and higher heights and frame builds respectively above and below yours to get a figure you can work with.

What about my age when finding out, “how much should I weigh for my height and age?”

Again, we’ll have a look at two charts for males and females which put your weight against height and age to give you a rough guide to what you should look out for.

KEY:

Height in inches

Average weight in pounds

For Males

Age                        Average Height               Average Weight

New born                                                                   7.16

1 year                                   28 – 29                           22

3 years                                 33                                    33

6 years                                42                                    46.2

8 years                                45                                     57.2

9 years                                49                                      61.6

11 years                               52                                      77

12 – 13 years                     58 – 62                               85 – 100

14 – 15 years                      63 – 66                              105 – 125

16 – 17 years                      67 – 70                130 – 150

18 – 20 years                      68 – 70                150 – 160

For Females

Age                        Average Height               Average Weight

New born                                                                         7.16

1 year                                  28 – 29                                  21.76

2 year                                  30                                          28.4

3 year                                  33                                          30.8

4 year                                   37                                         35.2

5 year                                   40                                         39.6

6 year                                   41                                         46.2

7 year                                    43                                        50.6

8 year                                     45                                       57.2

9 year                                     47                                       63.8

10 year                                   51                                       70.4

11 year                                     52                                     79.2

12 – 13 years                          60 – 63                               95 – 105

14 – 15 years                          63 – 64                              105 – 115

16 – 17 years                          64                                      115 – 120

18 – 20 years                         64                                      125 – 130

You may be wondering why the chart stops at age 20. Well, biologically, you reach your maximum height at around this age. A consultation with any health professional will let you know that is you ask, “how much should i weigh for my height and age?”, you will go up to around 20 years of age before you settle on a permanent height measurement.

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