How Much Should I Weigh?

Tuesday, 04 Feb 2014 10:01 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I'm 5-foot-4 and 200 pounds. What should I weigh?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Ideal body weight is going to be different for men and women, and vary by age. A 5-foot-4 female should weigh approximately 120 to 130 pounds. Weight calculations for men will be greater to account for increased muscle mass. For instance, the ideal weigh for a man who stands 5-foot-4 would be between 125 and 145 pounds.
 
In any event you may consider using a BMI index instead of a weight index to target, and aim for a BMI of under 26. A healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) range for males is 12-18 percent and for females is 15-22 percent.

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