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Weight to Height Charts for
Women and Men

by Renee Kennedy

Frame size

In order to determine if you are overweight, underweight or just right, you will first need to know your frame size. Frame sizes come in three different categories: small, medium, and large. To determine your frame size:
Measure your elbow breadth:
  1. Put your arm straight out in front of you, bend your arm at the elbow with your fingers pointing straight up. (Your arm should be at a 90 degree angle to your body.)
  2. Turn your wrist so that the palm of your hand is facing your body. (You should be able to see your palm.)
  3. Put your thumb and fore finger on the two bones on the outside of your elbow. Measure this distance in inches.
  4. Input this information here - Frame Calculator.

Weight to Height Charts

The following information in these weight to height charts is from The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (1983 statistics). These charts are widely used by experts in the medical field. However, other experts criticize these statistics based on the fact that the participants in the study were primarily white, middle class people. Also, the validity of the statistics is questionable due to inconsistent research methods.

If you do decide to use these tables, use them with a little common sense - every person is different and weight is greatly affected by age, musculature, mobility, metabolism and a host of other factors. (These charts look like they are for young, energetic, active individuals.) The dark green weight range on the chart is what is considered "normal weight" for a particular height.

On a more positive note, these charts make for excellent printing on an 8x11 sheet of paper!


Weight to Height Chart, Women - small frame
Weight to Height Chart, Women - medium frame
Weight to Height Chart, Women - large frame


Weight to Height Chart, Men - small frame
Weight to Height Chart, Men - medium frame
Weight to Height Chart, Men - large frame

General Disclaimer

This section of the NutriCounter site is designed for educational purposes only. The information provided through this site should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.

Renee Kennedy is the editor of the free monthly ezine - NutriCounter Update. Visit the NutriCounter Health News section for an extensive selection of articles on health, nutrition and exercise.

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