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Do You Weigh What You Should?

For decades, medical guidelines on how to figure the "ideal" weight for your height have been based on life insurance industry tables, like those provided below, showing the heights and weights at which their customers have had the greatest longevity. The U.S. Government, citing the results of recent research, has published a height/weight table blessing slightly higher weights for people over the age of 35. But other authorities are questioning the wisdom of that message.

MEN
Height
(in shoes)
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' 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

WOMEN
Height
(in shoes)
Small Frame Medium Frame Large Frame
4'10" 102-111 109-121 118-131
4'11" 103-113 111-123 120-134
5' 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' 138-151 148-162 158-179

SOURCE: Build Study, 1979, Society of Actuaries and Associations of Life Insurance Medical Directors of America, Copyright 1983, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.


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