How To Use a Height and Weight Chart

As the new technology age comes, more and more people get less exercise. With the birth of the Internet, the PlayStation and other game boxes, people just sit most of the day. Obesity has become one of the major health problems in the US. This health problem can escalate into more serious risks. If you are in good shape, maintain it. If not, determine your ideal weight and determine what it will take to achieve that weight. Use the weight and height chart for your reference, here is how to use it:

Before you can actually use a height and weight chart, you should know your own measurements. Measure your height first before taking your weight.

To measure your height, tape a measuring tape against a clear wall. Be sure to put “0” at level ground. Tape it all the way up to 6 feet. Then remove your shoes so that your starting point is accurate. Stand beside the measuring tape and with a chalk or marker, draw a line at the height of your head. It would be recommended to place the mirror in front of you when you mark your height to make sure that your marker is at a straight level with the top of your head. Write down your height on a notebook.

Take a record of your weight by using a weighing scale. Be sure that your weighing scale is at the mark “0” before mounting it. Take note of your weight in kilograms and in pounds. Write it down in your notebook alongside your height.

Determining your ideal weight for your height can be done through BMI and through using a chart. Using the BMI method, you need to calculate you take your weight (in kilograms) divided by your height (in meters) and multiply by your height (in meters). You will get a numerical value. Look for the value on the chart to determine if you are underweight, normal or overweight.

Your calculated value should be found in this BMI classification chart:

  • 18.5 or less underweight
  • 18.5 to 24.99 normal
  • 25 to 29.99 overweight
  • 30 to 34.99 obesity
  • 35 to 39.99 obesity

You can use your height and weight to look into the ideal weight-height chart for either woman or man. The chart will contain one column as the height, next column for small frame, the third column for medium frame and the last column for the large frame.

First look at the “Height” column, find your height along it. When you have pinpointed your height, run through horizontally to look into the second, third and fourth columns. If you are of small frame, look into the first column. If you are of medium frame, you should look into the third column. And lastly, if you are a large frame, look into the fourth column. These numbers will indicate how your ideal weight should be.

Be mindful of gender differences. The charts being provided for you by your doctor or nutritionist depend on your gender. So if you are a woman, be sure you are looking at the chart for women. If you are a man, refer to the chart for men.

It is not only the health conscious that check their ideal weight for their height and frame. It should be mandatory for everyone. Obesity or weight diseases like anorexia pose a very serious threat to the health. Be sure you are within the normal range of your weight. Don’t stop being healthy.


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