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Average Weight for Height - How do you measure up?

Posted Apr 25 2009 12:35am

Average Height for Weight

Average Height for Weight

Being overweight can lead to a variety of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other deadly illnesses.

But, "overweight" can be a bit of an umbrella term which is very dependent on several other factors, mainly your height.

So, let's look at a comparison of average weight for height.

The first thing to note is that current research suggests that a "little" weight gain as you age is completely normal and harmless. This isn't a pass to halt your workouts and watch the weight accumulate!

Also, where your extra weight builds up is very important. Subcutaneous fat, which is just under the skin in many parts of the body, isn't nearly as bad as the much more dangerous visceral fat that accumulates around the belly.

These so-called "apples" have higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease than their "pear" counterparts.

To find out where you're carrying your wide load, take this quick measurement:

Measure your waist right above your belly button and hip bones, then measure your hips around the meatiest part of your butt.

Now, divide your waist measurement by your hips measurement to get your waist-to-hip ratio.

Ideally, this number will be down below 0.8, because anything much higher and above 1.0 means your waist is "girthier" than your hips, and you're probably carrying some of that dangerous visceral fat around your organs.

Average Weight for Height

Once you've determined your waist-to-hip ratio, it's time to see where you stand on the average weight for height chart:

Height to Weight Chart

Height to Weight Chart

Where do you fall on the average weight for height chart, and do you think it's a fair and accurate assessment?

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