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Weight can affect your self-perception, how you feel, and lead to health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Weighing too little can lead to a whole host of illnesses. Weight management means maintaining a healthy body weight. You can attain and maintain your optimal weight by exercising regularly and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Being too far on either side of the weight spectrum can be a health problem. It is unhealthy to be either underweight or overweight. In the United States, being overweight is a very common problem. As obesity rates rise among Americans, weight is becoming a great concern. 
 
Weight can affect your self-perception, how you feel, and lead to health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Weighing too little can lead to a whole host of illnesses. Weight management means maintaining a healthy body weight. You can attain and maintain your optimal weight by exercising regularly and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.
 
Body Mass Index

Risk of Associated Disease According to BMI and Waist Size

BMI

 

Waist less than or equal to
40 in. (men) or
35 in. (women)

Waist greater than
40 in. (men) or
35 in. (women)

18.5 or less

Underweight

--

N/A

18.5 - 24.9

Normal

--

N/A

25.0 - 29.9

Overweight

Increased

High

30.0 - 34.9

Obese

High

Very High

35.0 - 39.9

Obese

Very High

Very High

40 or greater

Extremely Obese

Extremely High

Extremely High

 


Knowing your body mass index (BMI) is important. Healthcare professionals often use BMI to determine if a patient is underweight, overweight, or obese. It can estimate a person’s body fat and measure your body mass. Your doctor can use your BMI percentage to calculate your risk of developing certain diseases.
 
Ideal Weight Range

STANDARD WEIGHT CHART FOR MEN

Height In Feet

& Inches

Small Frame

Medium Frame

Large Frame

5'2"

128-134

131-141

138-150

5'3"

130-136

133-143

140-153

5'4"

132-138

135-145

142-156

5'5"

134-140

137-148

144-160

5'6"

136-142

139-151

146-164

5'7"

138-145

142-154

149-168

5'8"

140-148

145-157

152-172

5'9"

142-151

148-160

155-176

5'10"

144-154

151-163

158-180

5'11"

146-157

154-166

161-184

6'0"

149-160

157-170

164-188

6'1"

152-164

160-174

168-192

6'2"

155-168

164-178

172-197

6'3"

158-172

167-182

176-202

6'4"

162-176

171-187

181-207

 

 

 
 

STANDARD WEIGHT CHART FOR WOMEN

Height In

Feet & Inches

Small Frame

Medium Frame

Large Frame

4'10"

102-111

109-121

118-131

4'11"

103-113

111-123

120-134

5'0"

104-115

113-126

122-137

5'1"

106-118

115-129

125-140

5'2"

108-121

118-132

128-143

5'3"

111-124

121-135

131-147

5'4"

114-127

124-138

134-151

5'5"

117-130

127-141

137-155

5'6"

120-133

130-144

140-159

5'7"

123-136

133-147

143-163

5'8"

126-139

136-150

146-167

5'9"

129-142

139-153

149-170

5'10"

132-145

142-156

152-173

5'11"

135-148

145-159

155-176

6'0"

138-151

148-162

158-179

 

Looking at a chart or consulting with your doctor, you can determine your ideal weight range, which is calculated differently for children, adults, males, and females. Your ideal weight range is determined by your bone size and height. People fall into the categories of being small, medium, or large-boned.
 
How Do People Become Underweight?
 
People who do not consume enough daily calories become underweight. This can happen if you exercise too much and burn off more calories than you consumed. A variety of eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa, can result in people becoming severely underweight. This will lead to many serious, life-threatening medical complications.
 
Weight Management
 
Know your target weight and BMI as you work to manage your weight. People that are overweight must eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly. People that are underweight should also eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that is designed to help them achieve their optimal weight and prevent further weight loss. While exercise is important for everybody, exercise recommendations vary for underweight and overweight people.
 
Ask your doctor to advise you on a weight management program that accounts for your specific health needs. Your doctor may refer you to a nutritionist that can help you with daily meal planning. Another source of helpful guidelines for healthy diet and exercise is My Pyramid (www.mypyramid.gov). If you have an eating disorder, seek counseling to help you onto a healthy path.
 
Having your doctor examine you before you start a new exercise regimen is important. You may be referred to an exercise physiologist that can help you design and implement an exercise program that is tailored for your body and health needs. With responsible weight management, you can improve your health and decrease your risk of developing future health problems.