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Ideal Weight Calculator

What is the ideal weight for your height? Use this calculator to find your traditional ideal weight.

Ideal Weight Calculator for Adults

Female Male
Select your height: feet inches
The ideal weight for a person your height is: pounds.
Note: This calculator assumes you are at least five feet (60 inches) tall and results are based on the traditional Broca and Devine calculations.

Ideal Body Weight Calculator for Kids: The adult calculator is not meant for children. Use this calculator to find the best weight for kids.

Other Measures of Ideal Weight

The traditional ideal weight calculator is essentially a rule of thumb rather than being based on health research or a comprehensive study of population averages. Do you weigh more because you are lean but very muscular, and muscle weighs more than fat? While we wish that was the case, usually we weigh more because we have too much body fat. Your body mass index, calculated from your height and weight, is commonly used by health authorities to assess if you are overweight or obese. But very muscular people may have a higher body mass index while still having low body fat. The US Centers for Disease Control recommends using both the BMI and your weight circumference to determine whether you are at a healthy weight. A waist over 35 inches for non-pregnant women and over 40 inches for men indicates a higher risk of obesity-related conditions, according to the CDC.
What Should You Weigh for a Long, Healthy Life?

How to Lose Weight

If you use these calculators and find you weigh more than the average due to having too much body fat, you may want to lose weight through diet and exercise. We have free tools to help you achieve a lean, healthy body.

  • Walk of Life 10-Week Program: Free: Use our free 70-day weight loss and fitness program. We give you a walking and exercise workout each day, plus a fitness tip, a nutrition tip and a healthy recipe. You can subscribe to an email version or follow each day online.
  • CalorieCount: Log your diet and exercise online or use the free mobile app. CalorieCount also analyzes the nutrition in what you eat so you can achieve a healthy diet.
  • 1200 and 1500 Calorie Diets: To lose weight you need to eat fewer calories than you burn off each day. Use these portion suggestions for a balanced 1200 or 1500 calorie weight loss diet.
  • Calories per Day Calculator: How many calories do you burn off each day at rest and with your usual level of exercise?
More: Walking Fitness Calculators

~This calculator script was written by William Glessner, used with permission.

Assessing Your Weight: How Can I Tell If I'm at a Healthy Weight? US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Information Sheet. Accessed August 18, 2013. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/index.html

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