Average or Ideal Weight for Height Chart...What's the Difference



There is no such thing as an official Ideal Weight for Height Chart,but many people use the statistics from average weight and height charts to determine their weight goals. Also there are more than one average weight for height chart. As the chart shows below, the average weight for height has gone up for several years.



Overweight and obesity trend chart  1960 to 2006


So Now you can see why I chose the 1971 to 1974. You can see that people weighed less then. If you are going to choose and average weight for your goal weight, use an average when people were a little healthier.

Weight for Height Men and Women

   Average Weight for Height of Men (1971 - 1974)


Ht / AGE 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74
74 in 188 199 205 200 203 194
73 in 183 194 200 196 197 190
72 in 178 189 194 191 193 186
71 in 173 184 190 187 189 182
70 in 168 179 184 182 183 177
69 in 164 174 179 177 178 173
68 in 159 170 174 173 173 169
67 in  154 165 169 169 168 164
66 in  150 160 163 164 163 160
65 in  145 156 158 160 158 156
64 in 140 150 153 156 153 151
63 in 135 145 148 152 147 147
62 in 130 141 143 147 143 143



   Average Weight for Height of Women  (1971 - 1974)


Ht / AGE 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74
68 in 147 157 167 168 171 169
67 in 144 153 163 165 167 165
66 in 141 150 159 161 164 161
65 in 138 146 156 158 160 158
64 in 135 142 152 154 157 154
63 in 132 139 148 150 153 151
62 in 129 136 144 147 150 147
61 in 126 132 141 143 147 144
60 in 123 128 137 140 143 140
59 in 120 125 133 136 140 137
58 in  117 121 129 133 136 134
57 in 114 118 125 129 132 130





Here is the same information with a simple graph added and in pdf format for both men and women:

Ideal Weight for Height Chart - Women (pdf)

Ideal Weight for Height Chart - Men (pdf)


Why am I using average heights and weights instead of the heights and weights of perfect people. I do not know any perfect people. I guess if you know someone your height that has the perfect weight, you could ask them their weight. In the long run trying to be someone else is not very satisfying and impossible to achieve. Trying to fit into a range of average weights is much more achievable.

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