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Note The Desirable Body Weight calculator is not applicable to pregnant women, children under the age of 18, and competitive athletes. The tool may not be accurate for women under 4'9" (145 centimeters) or over 5'10" (178 centimeters) in height and for men under 5'1" (155 centimeters) and over 6'3" (190.5 centimeters).


How to Use

Do you know your desirable body weight? Use our Desirable Body Weight Calculator to find a body weight that may be best for you.

For your height, gender, and size of body frame, there exists a range of weights that are considered optimal. Desirable body weight changes with age and other factors. This tool is not appropriate for children or pregnant women.

If you have used other A.D.A.M. tools, some of this information may be filled in for you.

1. Select your body frame size: SMALL, MEDIUM, or LARGE.

2. Measure your height without shoes, and enter the figure in the space provided. Indicate if you are entering your height in feet and inches or in meters and centimeters using the drop-down list.

3. Indicate your gender using the drop-down list.

4. When you have filled in the required information, click SUBMIT.

More About This Tool

Maintaining a healthy body weight can significantly reduce your risks of a number of diseases and conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. A healthy body weight has also been shown to improve overall quality of life. What is the desirable body weight for you?

Your desirable body weight depends on your gender, height, and body frame size. Fill in the information below and we'll calculate a range of body weights that may be best for you.

1.Enter your height in feet and inches, total inches, meters, or total centimeters. No high-heeled shoes! In fact, no shoes at all!
2.Select your body frame size.
3.Indicate whether you are male or female, and click the submit button to get your results.


Review Date: 05/10/2013
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Previously reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc (05/12/2013).
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