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Note: The Desirable Body Weight calculator should not be used for 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 ideal 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 is a range of weights that are ideal. Desirable body weight changes with age and other factors. This tool should not be used 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.

  • Select your body frame size: Small, Medium, or Large.
  • Measure your height without shoes. Enter your height in the space provided. Select feet and inches or meters and centimeters from the drop-down list.
  • Select your gender using the drop-down list.
  • Click Submit/Calculate.
More About This Tool

Keeping a healthy body weight can reduce your risk for many health problems. These include heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and some types of cancer. A healthy body weight also improves your quality of life. Using the calculator above gives you an idea of what your healthy body weight should be.


Review Date: 02/09/17
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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