How much should I weigh for my height and age?

by Sylvia

How much should I weigh for my height and age?

Have you ever asked yourself ‘How much should I weigh’?

Or, “Do I weigh too much‘?

How much should I weigh for my height and age?

You no longer need to be confused about this. Find out how much you should weigh and measure your BMI with our handy calculator below.

How much should I weigh?

Of course you could just look at yourself in the mirror and make your own judgement, but for health reasons it may be important to know what’s a normal weight and what weight is too high for your age.

Then, if you find out that you are too heavy for your height and age, you can do something about it.

The Body Mass Index Chart

The Body Mass Index or BMI is generally used to measure human body fat based on an individual’s weight and height. Body mass index is defined as the individual’s body weight divided by the square of his or her height.

The weight height Chart

The below graph shows what the normal weight would be (both in pounds and kilograms) for your height (both in centimeters and inches).

Just follow your height number to your current weight and see which box you end up in.

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For your weight in pounds look at the top and for your weight in kilograms check the bottom of your chart.

I’m currently 60 kg and my height is 1.73 cm. I end up in the yellow area which means that my weight is in a normal range.

Measure your BMI

Although the chart above is useful to measure the correct weight for your height, it does not include your age which is important too.

For that we can use the Body Mass Index weight calculator. This will show you if you have the correct weight for your age.

Just enter your age, sex and height and you will automatically discover in which weight range you are.

Body mass index calculator

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Check below the healthy weight ranges (BMI score) for women.

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Women who want to achieve a healthy weight need to have a BMI of 18.5 – 24.9.

Is this information from the BMI calculator reliable?

In most cases, your BMI score will give you an easy and quick indicator of your “fatness” or “thinness”.

However, the results from the BMI test are not always accurate and should not be relied upon as an authority for medical diagnosis.

Some people tend to have a lot of muscles (which tend to weigh heavier) and for those people a completely wrong BMI range could result.

Your BMI score will, however, give you a good indicator and if you have any doubts or concerns, see your physician.

Check below the healthy weight ranges (BMI score) for men.

How much should a man weigh - BMI chart for men |

How important is a healthy weight?

A healthy body weight is not just about looking good, it is actually very important for your overall wellbeing.

Here are just a few reasons why making sure that you are not too heavy is important.

  • Being overweight puts you at risk of many chronic and potentially lethal diseases, like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke and gall bladder disease to name but a few.
  • It often causes you to move less which can lead to other issues (like sitting too much)
  • It often lowers you self esteem which can influence your mental health

Here are a few reasons why making sure you are not underweight is important

  • Being underweight is just as unhealthy and can lead to a number of health complications, some of them life-threatening.
  • It will lead to a lack energy which will influence all areas of your life negatively
  • It often lowers you self esteem which can influence your mental health

Have a look at some of the comments below, where myself and others give suggestions on how to help with this.

What to do if you are overweight under underweight?

If you are overweight or underweight, don’t panic. There is a lot you can do to rectify the situation.

You are are ultimately the one in control and with the right diet, exercize and coaching you too can achieve your ideal weight.

Here are a few pointers to get you started on achieving your ideal weight

Track your fitness and calories

One of the best tools to do this is a fitbit tracker. It will keep track of your steps and your heart rate and can also track your calories. You can create a plan for yourself to limit daily calories and do the required daily activity.

Track your weight and fitness | how much should I weigh | 40plusstyle.comFitbit tracker

If you want a fancier version that connects seamlessly with your Apple phone and health app, you can also consider the Apple Watch.

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Apple Watch

Educate yourself about nutrition and fitness

Here are a few books that I recommend:

Learn how to dress well for your body type

I believe it’s easier to maintain a healthy weight when you feel better about yourself.  And you can instantly feel better about yourself when you feel good in good clothes.

You may like to check:

Check my articles on maintaining a healthy weight

If you want to know more tips on losing or maintaining a healthy weight check these articles:


So do the test and find out how much you should weigh. And if you’re overweight or underweight, I hope that you will take the time to do something about it to optimise your health.

It is well worth it!

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert and this weight calculator is for adults and for information purposes only. Weight calculator may not represent your real life weight situation and you should consult a medical professional for expert advise and before you start a diet or exercising regimen.


Do you have a healthy weight? Find out with our handy BMI calculator! |

1 joan

How can i decrease my weight?

2 Sylvia

Hi Joan, I believe that the key to losing and keeping a healthy weight is a healthy lifestyle. I wrote an article on some of my eating and drinking habits to keep a healthy weight that you may want to check out.

3 Mamiz

i hope this works 🙂

4 Stephanie

I’m 15 years old, i weigh 190 & my height is 5’7
What is the quickest way to lose 40-50 pounds?

5 Sylvia

To me the only way for you to lose weight is to start eating the right foods. There is no point going on a diet because it never lasts and as soon as you start eating ‘normal’ again, the pounds will come back on. Keep eating a lot but only the right stuff. No processed foods, no bad fats and lots of fruits, vegies and lean fish and meat. At the same time you will need to do some kind of exercize. If you’re open to visualisation you can consider Jon Gabriels book (see link at the end of article). Also read both mine and my husband’s article on how we keep a healthy weight. If you have the time and resources you could kickstart your new healthy eating habit by doing a detox retreat. This may rid you of any sugar / fat craving and you will lose some pounds quickly in a controlled environment. This is just my personal opinion, so please consult a doctor for any expert advice. Good luck!

6 jamie

im 15. and 5’3”. the chart said im in a normal weight range. but i want to lose some weight for swimsuit season. any tips?

7 Sylvia

hi Jamie.I have listed my best tips in the articles that I have linked to at the bottom of the article. Read those first and let me know if you have any further questions. Good luck!

8 Jonathan

Hello, Im 13 years old and 6 foot tall. But I weight 261 pounds. If I really try hard on a diet will I lose weight?

9 Sylvia

Hi Jonanthan. In my personal opinion diets do not work. What WILL work is a new healthy diet with all the right foods. Eat as much as you do now, but concentrate on vegetables, lean fish and fruits and only drink tea, water or fresh fruit juices. No more sugary drinks and crips! Follow the links listed in the article (at bottom) for some more of my tips. Good luck!

10 Jamie

I’m kind of on the lesser discussed end of the spectrum. I am a 23 year old female, 5’3 and weigh 104.5 pounds. According to the calculator I am at the minimum weight requirement for a healthy BMI (104.4-141.1). I wonder what are some healthy things I can do to gain a bit more weight when I have a very active job and an incredibly small appetite?

My weight is so up and down (unavoidable stress is a factor in this) that I sometimes easily slip 2-3 lbs below my minimum weight requirement and I don’t feel like being underweight is any healthier than being overweight. Esp when I’ve had problems with my heart in the past.

Any tips?

11 Sylvia

Hi Jamie. I’m no expert at this but it seems that stress is affecting your weight in a negative way, so I would try to eliminate that. Perhaps try some yoga or other sports? You may also want to eat more of the fatty fish like tuna and salmon and eat lots of avocado? These are all very healthy foods, and have good calories. Peanuts of all different kinds are also excellent foods that can add calories and are excellent to use as a snack. Perhaps you should have these kind of snacks more often? Good luck, and if you need more help, please consult an nutrition professional, who can probably give you better tips than I.

12 Natasha

Try cashews! They taste great, and most people say that you shouldn’t eat too many, since they are very high in calories. And they’re small, so they’re quite easy to snack on… If you want to gain some weight, you could try snacking on them, I guess.. AND they’re good for you! 😀

13 Sylvia

Great idea Natasha. They are also one of my favorite nut!

14 Kalina


I am 27 years old, 5’2″, and weigh 97 pounds. I have fought and struggled to keep weight all my life. Dealing with stress on a daily basis over the years, I barely recognize stress anymore; this is not a good thing because whether or not I recognize it, it’s still there and affects my diet and sleep. I also have a HIGH metabolism. It’s hard to take care of my basic necessities because once I’m in a stressful situation, physical or emotional, I tend to be “on-the-go” all day making no time for eating. This causes me to lose appetite.
To be honest, I haven’t found a solution to get rid of the stress and I refuse to take pills to “calm my nerves”. I think I’m just one of those people that can get stressed easier than others, but push it down and move forward.
However, I have found ways to ease my stress and make my days flow a little smoother.
When I get stressed, I tend to stop taking care of myself; I’m not the kind of person that eats their stress away, if anything, I lose appetite.
What I do in order to make sure I am taken care of, stressed or not, I pick 1 day out of the week [preferably a day off of work] and prepare for the days ahead by counting calories. I count calories to make sure I am eating ENOUGH.
I prepare snacks for myself because taking the time out to eat a “square meal”, let’s just face it, I won’t make time for it because I can’t sit in one place long enough to eat it all. Plus, if I lose appetite from stress, I’m not going to be able to eat that entire plate of food anyway.
The first few attempts to prepare snacks ahead of time were failures because I went from one extreme to the other; how many calories I should be eating, what kind of foods I should be eating and from which food group, emptying my bank account for these foods, and sudden exercise out of the norm.
Even though I am skinny, it doesn’t mean I’m healthy, I eat unhealthy foods just like any other human being that doesn’t have a control over their diet.
Trying to gain weight by preparing snacks, I got it in my head to completely change the types of food I usually ate…for the better.
That is not necessarily a good thing. It sent my body into a shock, not only losing more appetite but I lost more weight and felt nauseous.
HEALTHY FOOD IS EXPENSIVE!!! But I will tell you this much, if there is anything considered important, no matter the cost, it is YOUR HEALTH.
THERE IS ALWAYS a “luxury” you can find in your life to cut down/make adjustments to in order to afford a healthier you.
This is what I suggest:
***In the beginning of your snack preparing festivities, make a list of foods you eat on a daily basis. Then make a list of foods (make sure to add dry foods in this) that you’d be willing to incorporate in your daily diet. [trail mix, granola bars, chips, crackers, apple slices, baby carrots, etc…]***
1) Dedicate 2 hours to preparing snacks and small meals for yourself that will cover the week. Don’t completely cut out your old diet, make a transition but not a complete transition.
2) Use foods from your lists that will last a week [Smooshy, slimy foods…come on, are you really going to eat that 3 days down the road? ;P] and divvy them up, snack size portions, into sandwich bags.
3) You’ll still need more than snacks to survive each day so think up of one decent sized meal and two easy small meals that you could shove down your throat in 10 minutes. Make them count. Seriously, make sure there is a decent count of calories and protein in these little meals; they’ll take you a long ways! I personally do better dedicating my small meals to “before” and “after” work; mornings aren’t too kind on my stomach and I am too busy and IT IS TOO BUSY to actually clock out and eat a meal during work hours. So find your groove.
4) Give yourself a chance. It may take a couple of weeks to remember to take these snack with you or even remember you have them to eat. I know it’s STILL hard for me. I broke down and bought some work pants with pockets so that I could put a sandwich bag of trail mix in my pocket. *Trail mix is high in protein and a great source for calories*


1) Go to a website that will calculate your current age, weight, and height so you can get a guideline to where you should be, weight wise. (ex: Ohhh let’s say the website we’re on right now *wink, wink*)
2) Keep track of your calories and protein so you know if you need to increase or decrease your intake. (I write my calories and protein on the sandwich bags of goodies. Since I’m taking the time out to divvy up my snacks, it’s the perfect time to look at the nutrition label [this is how I portion my snacks anyway] to know how many calories and proteins I’ll be consuming and write them down).
3) Once you’ve prepared your snack-full of goodies and written down their calorie/protein worth, gather your baggies into groups that will be enough in calories to feed you each day.
4) After a month of improving and increasing your diet, weigh yourself. If you haven’t gained any weight or enough to say you’ve gained, you may need to increase your diet. You know your body better than anyone else, so FEEL for what you need more of, whether you need to just increase those calories or switch out a few snacks to ones that will “stick” more.
5) Incorporate a little exercise/stretching if you don’t already. I’m not telling you to go out and buy a gym membership though. Baby steps. I wasted money on a membership I barely used because I wasn’t ready to actually dedicate myself to a change of routine for physical fitness.
I find myself “YouTube” exercising more than anything. I’m not looking to shed weight nor to look like the hulk. So for now, YouTube is good enough for me. There were specific parts of my body I wanted to improve; an appealing stomach, better posture, and solid arms. I found all of the exercises needed to improve those areas on YouTube.

You may be questioning “If this person found a way to maintain their diet, why are they only at 97 pounds!?”
Well, I’ll tell you this, 3 weeks ago I was at 106 pounds, but returning to work from maternity leave, my job has kept me busy to the point where I am overwhelmed, once again, and not incorporating those 5 easy steps to keep that weight.
But just today, I have found myself getting back into “my groove” of preparing snacks and the like so that I may get back to a healthier weight and maintain it. Gimme a break, geez, I just had a kid!
By the way, I stuck with the snack routine during my pregnancy and happily gained 41 lbs. Most of it was me, not the baby. The “other ” weight that was not me or the baby, we won’t get into the ugly details, was about 9 lbs.
Never in my entire life up until this pregnancy was I ever able to gain and keep more than 5 pounds.
I started out at an alarmingly unhealthy weight before I found out I was pregnant; I weighed 84 pounds!

To give you tips on what foods you could incorporate in your snacks and small meals, I’ll tell you what I’ve prepared for myself for this week:

Trail mix (1/2 c= 320 calories, 8 grams protein)
Gardettos (1/2 c= 150 cal, 3g protein)
Baby Carrots (10 baby carrots= 70 calories total)
Apple Slices (5 slices= 35 calories total)
Brownies (2 servings is 1 serving for me= 240 cal, 2g protein) Betty Crocker
Tuna Sammich (250 cal, 10g protein) *calories from bread, pickles, and mayo/miracle whip already counted in)
Great Value chewy granola (90-100 cal, 1-2g protein *variety pack)
Great Value Sweet & salty peanut granola (180 cal, 5g protein)
Pagoda Express Microwavable Pork Potstickers (Say what!? Yeah, that’s right, I eat these with soy sauce! 10 in a box. I eat 5 in one sitting; 5= 285 cal, 9g protein)
TaiPei Microwavables (about 200 cal, 6g protein depending on what kind you get)
MtnDew 120z (170 cal) Live a little, geez.
Powerade 32oz (200 cal)
Orange juice 8oz (110 cal, 2g protein)

….I don’t have all of my small meals prepared, I haven’t figured out what I want yet. But this should help give you ideas. This list totals 2310 calories. To keep my current weight, I would need to consume about 2,200 calories on a daily basis. To gain weight, gradually, I should increase my intake to about 700-1,000 more calories. I could eat a bagel with cream cheese and that’s another 360 calories right there! Easypeasy.
I really hope this helps you!!!

15 choksi chandni

hi i am Chandni and my height is 5″3 and i am 20 year old and my weight is 59 so how much weight should I loose if i want to be slim?

16 Sylvia

Slim is a very subjective word. What I consider slim may not be the opinion of someone else. It also depends on your bone structure, how heavy you could be and still be slim. Use the chart above as a guide and then be your own judge. In the end getting a healthy weight is the most important. Then you can further ‘sculpt’ your body through exercize.

17 Johnathan

Hi, Sylvia, Im 16 – Male, Im 6’1 And 328 but I don’t look it, and the majority of my weight is muscle. The only fat I really have is in the stomach. But I hold a Good posture. How Would I Know if Im truly overwieght or not. And Ever since my freshman year I gain 15lbs whether I work out or not (Football-wrestling). So within 2 years (on my senior year) if I dont stop it, I will be at least 428-430lbs ??? I seem to gain muscle and not lose weight.

18 Sylvia

Hi Johnathan, It sounds like this test is not accurate for you since you are building so much muscle. You may want to go to a good fitness centre where they can do an accurate test for your specific situation. Your local GP may be able to do that as well. You can also ask the fitness professional to help with your diet so that you lose your excess fat as well. Another option would be to see a nutrition expert who can help with the correct food plan for you. Good luck!

19 Johnathan

Thank You :):):)

20 valerie

my name is valerie, i am 13 years old and i weigh 125 lbs. my weight seems to go up and down. how do i keep it from going up and down?

21 Sylvia

The best way in my opinion is to keep eating a lot but only the good things. Don’t diet as that will only confuse your body. Exercize and doing sports helps too as that will keep your digestion system active! All this has always worked for me and my weight has always been pretty much the same. (see also my 2 other articles on the subject; links are at bottom of article). Good luck!

22 corina

Hi my name is Corina and I am 14 years old and weigh 54 kg but i am 1.70cm tall. Am I overweight, underweight or normal? Someone please tell me. I am dieting at the moment.

23 Sylvia

Hi Corina. No need to diet as your weight is perfectly healthy. If you fill out your numbers in the calculator this is the result: “Healthy weight (normal weight range for the height: 45.7 – 67.9 kgs”). 54 is right in the middle so very good. Just continue to eat normal. It’s always good to not drink the really sugary drinks like sprite and cola, but other than that just eat a normal healthy diet!

24 Janny

Hello I’m 16, 5’3 and weigh 130ish. I would like to weigh 124. Do you have any advise? I run cross country and track. And since it’s summer I am doing p90x(not doing a thing for me) on some days and running about a mile on others. And rest on weeekends. I want to lose weight and be thinner and I eat normally I guess you can say. Thanx for the help!!(:

25 Sylvia

Hi Janny. My best advice was given in the 2 articles me and my husband wrote: Lose weight the healthy way and Losing weight without diets. You may want to consult with a fitness trainer if that does not help, to see how you can get the body you like through exercize.

26 Natasha

Hi, I’m 15 years old, with a height of 5 ft 4″ and I weigh 149 lbs. I want to reach my goal weight of 120-125 lbs by the beginning of September. Is my goal realistic? I’ve already managed to lose 20 lbs, and am eating healthy and am going to the gym 4 times a week for an hour, and I work out at home during my free time, usually just toning exercises. Is that enough exercise? Some people say that I should be going to the gym 6 days a week, strength training three days and cardio three days. Are they right? Please do reply!
Thanks for the help 🙂

27 Sylvia

Hi Natasha, everyone loses weight at a different so I can’t say if your goal is realistic. But why don’t you just eat healthy and keep doing your exercizes and see where it takes you? See it as your goal to do this every single day. One day at a time. That will make your goal easier as well. Make sure you still eat plenty, but of the good things. You should only go more often to the gym if you can maintain that for a long time. What you want to achieve is consistency, so you will not fluctuate in future. So if 4 times a week is very doable for you, stick to that. I would say that is enough exercize (certainly a lot more than what I do). You can always add more ‘exercize’ by taking the stairs instead of the lift etc. It sounds to me that you are on the right track to a more healthy you!

28 Levi

Hello I’m a 25 yr old male (about to be 26 in july) and I’m about 5′ 8″ 1/2 and I weigh roughly 235-245 (my weight always fluxuates on me) and I wanted to lose some of the body fat that I have to be more appealing to the opposite sex and to build up my confidence. The funny thing is that I dont even look like I would weigh 245. I’m guessing that the weight I have is evenly placed or it’s all in my head or something lol. But so farI’m cutting out the majority of my sugar intake which is soda (since im trying to get rid of acne as well) What foods or excercise would you recommend to help curb the appetite and help me lose weight as well? I know things like brown rice or whole wheat foods are good for you. On the plus side I do drink green tea too. If you can help in any way I would greatly appreciate the help.

29 Sylvia

Hi Levi, Yes, you will definitely need to part with all your soda drinks. They are the worst. Also be weary of the bad fats in foods. I wrote an article about some great foods for faster metabolism which will increase your weighloss. It’s always best to replace white rice and pasta with the brown variations. In terms of exercize any is good. Try to do something you enjoy (like a game) so you will do it more often. It’s key to choose something that you will be able to maintain doing on a regular basis. Good luck!

30 Janny

Thanks Sylvia!! Those articles where great! You are a great person for trying to help people with their wieght issues and problems! God bless you!

31 daniel

hi, i am 17 years old. 6foot4 and weigh 19stone (266 pounds) how much should i weigh can anyone help. thanks!!!!!!

32 Sylvia

Hi Daniel. Just add in those details in the calculator, and you will get the results instantly.

33 nene

what is the quickest way to loose 21.1 pounds

34 Sylvia

Hi Nene. Combine healthy eating with lots of exercize! You can read the 2 articles that are linked in the article for more tips on losing weight

35 Kate

Hey, I’m 5’9 and 135 pounds but I still have a lot of fat on my thighs and waist. How do I get a really slim look?

36 Sylvia

Every person stores fat differently, so it’s possible that, even though you are slim, you still have fat in unwanted places. Exercizing can help, but sometimes you will just have to accept that you have a certain body type. If you dress for your body type, you can camouflage any areas that you don’t wish to highlight. More info on that can be found at:

37 Ana

I am 15 years old my height is 1.65 and my weigh 49 kg. Should i gain weight ?

38 Sylvia

According to the calculator above, you should be fine.

39 lacey

I am 23.I was always about 116 in weight.Ever since I had my baby a yr ago I went up to 135 in weight.I am only 5 foot tall and I think this extra weight looks horrible…I am starting to get very low self-esteem bc of it…I was wondering if there are excercises that I can do that ACTUALLY work to speed up my metabolism and will help me to lose the weight and keep it off?It seems impossible after having a baby.

40 Sylvia

In my view any exercise will help speed up your metabolism. My best tips can be found in the articles I mention underneath the article. I also recently wrote about the best foods to increase metabolism which can be found in the beauty section. Good luck!

41 anna

im 14 years old 5.6 and 145 lbs. im a dancer im overly active and eat fairly well but i have a pouch or bump on my lower stomach and i cant loose it. what can i do to get rid of the few pounds.

42 Sylvia

Hi Anna. Losing pounds in one specific area is always tricky. I think your best bet is to do targeted exercizes for that area while keeping your diet healthy.

43 Gwen

Hello Sylvia, my name is Gwen. I am 5’4 and I weigh 214. I am a busy college student and have little to no time for any physical activity. I would really like to lose 50 to 70lbs. Can you please help? I have been struggling with my weight for quite a while. I feel hopeless…

44 Sylvia

Hi Gwen, Everything starts with a healthy diet, so read some of the articles I have written on my habits and foods. The links are mentioned at the bottom of that article. Try to incorporate exercize into everything you do. Perhaps study standing up or get up a bit earlier to do some exercize before you start the day. If none of that works and you are open to losing weight in a holistic way you can try the Gabriel method
Good luck Gwen and I hope that helps!

45 Dylan

Hi my name is Dylan i am an 18 year old female and i am 5’1 and only weigh 83lb i cannot gain weight i have tried. I dont no what to do, my doctor says i am fine because i am just a small girl in general but it doesn’t seem healthy, what should i do?

46 Sylvia

Hi Dylan, please know that I’m not a doctor so just see my reply as a personal opinion. I would say that if your doctor says that you are fine, then I would accept that. Just like some people have a tendency to gain weight quickly, others are born naturally thin. I would say that as long as you feel healthy, I wouldn’t worry about it. Just keep eating a normal healthy diet. You may want to do some muscle training, since muscles weigh heavier than fat and will automatically make you heavier (and healthier as a bonus!) However, if you don’t feel healthy, then go see another doctor for a second opinion.

47 Eugenia Wo Ching

Hi. I’m currently 42 and weight 144 pounds. When I was 15 I weighted 112 pounds. When I had my first baby at 32 I was weighting 118 pounds. It’s taking me a very long time to lose weight -I started back in October and have lost only 14 pounds so far-. I am now playing tennis twice a week and doing pilates 3 times a week. Tennis keeps in good physical condition and pilates is doing wonders for my body shape -in less than 2 months-. I am on the right track, I just don’t know what my goal should be, since I am not sure if I should weight what I weighted a decade ago… (I had another baby at 39). Any insights? Thanks.

48 Sylvia

Hi Eugenia, Did you put your numbers in the calculator above? That will give you your healthy weight range (can’t say it to you as you did not include your height in your message).

49 Jessica

Hi, my name is Jess. I’m 16 years old, 5foot2 and roughly 125-130. I have a very muscular build but still have a tad bit of fat on my thighs and core. I was wondering how I could shed 5-7 pounds. Is that a realistic goal? Please help me.

50 Sylvia

Hi Jessica. That is difficult to say since everyone is very different. If you want to lose weight only at specific parts of your body, then it would be best to talk to a personal trainer and work on those areas.

51 Said

Hello, Im 20 years old. My height is 176 Cm. And my weight is 203. How much am i over weight, how many pound should i loose(What should my ideal weight be) Thank you so much. Please help!

52 Sylvia

Just fill in the numbers in the calculator above and that will give you your range of healthy weight.

53 Marquiesha Harris

My name is Marquiesha and I am 19 years old. I am 5 ft 11 inches and weigh at an estimate of 180 lbs. I have a 3 year old son. Thats not my excuse though. Is wanting to lose 50 lbs bad? I am at my biggest ever. Im too young for this.

54 Sylvia

According to the calculator your weight is still within the healthy range. But I can understand that you want to be more in the mid range of healthy. So by all means go for it. But rather than taking a stringent diet, go for a healthy eating plan combined with exercize. See the links at the bottom of the article for my special tips. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeping your weight in check is always something to strive for!

55 Ash

hi im Ash
I’m 13 and I weigh 47kg and I want to lose weight.
I have tried dieting but i just can’t do it.
So any tips please

56 Sylvia

Hi Ash. All my best tips are in the articles I wrote. The links are at the bottom of the article. It comes down to being active and leading a healthy lifestyle! Good luck!

57 shabana

hi I’m shabana. I’m 34, height is 5.2 and weight is 68. I’m a mother to two kids. How can I losse weight?

58 Sylvia

Hi Shabana. All my best weight loss tips are listed in the 2 articles I linked to in the article. Just read through those and apply the tips. Good luck!

59 abdul

Hi, I’m 14 and half years old and i’m 60 kg and my height is 1.73. Is that good for my age and do I have to gain weight? And when will my height stop increasing + is that a good height for my age !!

60 Sylvia

Just fill in your numbers in the calculator above Abdul. That will give you all the answers!

61 mimi

I’m 26 going on to 27 in november. I’m 145 and I have a larger top (larger bra size) and big hips. I also have big thighs and a tummy. What can I do to drop my thighs and tummy down? I have cut soda and candy down a lot and have been eating healther for some time now, but I have only lost 5 pounds in about 2 months is that normal?)

62 Sylvia

Hi Mimi. Everyone is different and loses weight at their own pace, so it’s hard for me to have a judgement. Are you doing more exercize as well? Exercizing really helps with weight loss and helps speed up your metabolism. Also, I would eliminate your soda drinks altogether and replace with natural juices or water. Check out all my tips from the links in the article. You may also want to get some help from a professional who may be able to address your concerns.

63 Wafa

hi I am 12 and I weigh 75 Kg and am 1m72cm tall …
please can you help me to lose some weight ????

64 Sylvia

Just follow my tips from the links in the article Wafa. But eating well and staying active are the most important!

65 Wafa

Thank you Sylvia …. 😀

66 alisha

i m 15 yrs old nd m ht is 5’3″ ..nd weight is 54kg… so should i lose my weight?

67 Sylvia

When you convert your kg into pounds, it’s 119.05 pounds. When you put this number in the calculator above together with your height and age, it comes out with a healthy BMI!

68 nicole

Hi so im 15 but weigh 180 how do i loose weight im a vegetarian and i do lots of excercise

69 Sylvia

There are no magic trick Nicole. It’s about eating healthy and getting active. If that really does not work, you can try things like The Gabriel method (mentioned below article) that will help change your desire for certain foods…

70 Besskras

Hello . Can you tell me about weight scales , is digital weight scale more accurate than mechanical scale ?
I’ve heard that this is true !

71 Sylvia

I’m not sure which is more accurate. But why fuss over the exact weight? It’s more about looking in the mirror and feeling healthy. A few more extra pounds really don’t make that much difference.

72 Besskras

Thanks 🙂

73 Madie

Hey, Im 17 and i weight 125. I want to lose a little weight on the back my legs(Like where my hamstring is) and tummy but when i exercise it doesnt seem to do anything for me. I drink lots of water and do lots of exercises and i eat extremely healthy. I dont really run as much as i used to because i was a smoker but i quit a year ago. Any ideas on how i could loose a little weight? Im tired of people calling me a little chunky.

74 Sylvia

Perhaps you need to give it more time Madie. Eating a healthy diet and exercizing regularly is the best thing you can do for your weight, but your body needs to adjust if you had a different diet before. Otherwise it’s best to seek the help of dietician or a personal trainer.

75 Laura

I lost a lot of weight, I have been doing everything I can do. I am 17 and 178 pounds, I am also 5 foot 7. I still have a little belly but its not flat. My arms are not lean and my thighs look terrible. I want to change for me to stay healthy. I also want to look good in a bikini for once in my life. I can’t do much exercsice right now because of my back. When I go to the hospital Monday I will find out what exercises I can do.

76 Sylvia

It sounds like you are on the right track to getting healthy Laura. I think it’s really important to accept and love your body as it is right now also. No part of your body is ever ‘terrible’. Your body is precious and beautiful and you must praise it for all the wonderful things that it allows you to do. Yes, you should look after it as best you can through good eating habits and exercize, but love it for what it is right now. When you can do that, you will find that doing the right thing for your body will become easier still. Good luck!

77 ahracho

Im a 25yr old asian female, I weigh 89 pounds I would like to gain a healthy 25 pounds, how do I go about it so that the weight distributes properly. I eat twice a day due to my work schedule. When I eat, I eat, well as much as my husband. Im on the move all day due to work and my daughter.

78 Sylvia

Hi Ahracho. Eating only twice a day does not sound so healthy to me. I would make sure to have at least 3 proper meals per day. It’s very important to start with a nutritious breakfast to start your day of well. Then in between meals, do a bit more snacking. Nuts are very healthy for this or avocados. If you eat a bit more and a bit more frequently, I feel that you should gain weight in a even manner, but for expert advice you could always contact a nutritionist. Good luck!

79 Reem

hi, i am Reem i am 14 years old, 5 feet tall, and wieght 39 kg. I just want to know if i have a healthy and normal weight?

80 Sylvia

Hi Reem If I enter your details in the calculator (with your kgs converted to lbs) your BMI comes out as normal. BMI = 16.60 kg/m2 (Healthy weight)
normal BMI range: 15.8 – 23.5 kg/m2
normal weight range for the height: 80.9 – 120.3 lbs
However, if you have doubts, you should always check with your health provider.

81 Beth

Hi, I’m Beth, 18, and I wanted to add some positivity to the thread by telling you it has confirmed I’m finally at a healthy weight and BMI goal. I’m 5 foot 4, 130lbs, and have a 23 inch waist. Your tips on losing weight were helpful.
A lot of these comments are from people around my age, and their weights and heights make me think they don’t need to lose any at all, so that’s worrying…

82 Sylvia

Thanks for your feedback Beth. It’s great to read that my tips have helped you to get a healthy weight!

83 Ashley

I’m 17 yrs old, 5’10 and weigh about 147lb. My weight fluctuates between 145 and 150lbs. I play soccer year round due to high school season and club. I feel I need to lose weight- in order to get faster. Will losing weight help my performance or hurt it? It’s hard for althetes to maintain a healthy weight and not give into the pressure to be skinny…

84 Sylvia

Hi Ashley. That’s hard for me to judge. You need strong muscles for sport but excess weight will never help. Please talk to your coach or your doctor, to find out what would be the perfect balance for you. I think it’s best not to focus too much on weight. Muscles are heavier, so just judge your body in the mirror. A strict diet would not be good for your sport, but eating as healthy as you can always is!

85 manisha

my daughter is in 6th class and her height is 4.10. She looks very short in her class and I would like her to increase in height. Her weight is 37kg, but very active always do cycling, goes for dance, and she participates in all activities but, she feels low (inferior) when she is with others. Can you tell me about the diet I should give her or and the exercise to do, which will help her to increase her height.

86 Sylvia

For as far as I know your height is mostly genetically determined. There is not much you can do in terms of diet, other that giving her a wholesome diet that provides all nutrients a healthy person would need. But I’m no medical expert, so you may want to consult your doctor to confirm this opinion.

87 Blair Perry

Im 24 years old, 6 foot 2 inches at 235lbs. I used to be at 300lbs but due to a major accident I lost 65lbs. I have never been able to lose weight and build muscle at the same time. Also I am very out of shape. I did drop down to 200lbs once and put on no muscle while I did it because I cant seem to do both. I didnt look right at all. I looked barrel chested and was still flabby. What can I do to lose weight and build muscle or what would you suggest?

88 Sylvia

Hi Blair. I think you will need some help from a personal trainer. Perhaps for a few sessions (if it’s too expensive) and then continue on your own. When you exercize with weights you will build muscle while losing weight at the same time. Perhaps not immediately (as muscles weigh heavier) but you will get stronger and your metabolism will increase. Of course this should be paired with a good diet and I would recommend getting a few sessions with a nutritionist as well. Good luck!

89 Marley

I’m a twelve year old girl and I am 4.7 feet tall and weigh 63 pounds is that too skinny

90 Sylvia

According to the calculator you are slightly underweight, but this does not mean that there is an issue. If you have any concerns though or an eating disorder, then please see your GP to check.

91 Honey

I’m 16 I’m 169cm and I weigh 73 kg. How can I decrease 2-3 sizes in 2 months? How many kilograms do I need to lose to lose 1 size?

92 Sylvia

I’m not an advocate of quick weight loss. I believe in slow, steady and permanent, which you can achieve if you read some of the articles linked in the article. I would not focus on size either. Every brand sizes differently. Look at your body in the mirror and choose clothes that suit it. If you pick the right clothes for your body type, you will automatically look a lot better. You may want to check and These tips are applicable to all ages.

93 Essa

Hi Sylvia,

I’m a 5’6″, 16 year old female who weighs 115lbs at the moment. According to the BMI calculator, I am in the “healthy weight” zone, and possibly teetering toward the “underweight” category. I would like to know if this is an okay weight for my height and age, and possibly how much weight I have room to gain. Thanks!

94 Sylvia

It sounds like you have a way to go before you need to worry Essa. The chart is a good indicator, although if you have doubts it’s always best to check with a doctor, as every person is different.

95 Melanie

Hello Essa,

I’m 23 now. My height is 5’7″ and my weight tends to stay within the range of 125-130lb whenever I don’t exercise. However, when I was 14 I took Martial Arts 2x a week and weighed 115 lb. I was very healthy. So I don’t think weight alone is all you should focus on.

Diet is a big factor to consider. Are you eating healthy foods? A lot of veggies? If so, then your weight makes sense. Vegans, for instance, tend to be very slim. There are exceptions, of course, but certain healthy diets can keep you really skinny. Meanwhile, other healthy diets may keep you only relatively slim instead of “very slim”. Also, everyone’s body is unique and works differently. Foods react differently for different people. Some people can process grains very well, while grains might cause another person to pack on the pounds. It’s possible that your body is extremely efficient and naturally keeps off weight better than most bodies do. The best thing to do is to continue eating healthy foods that fuel you.

If you’re exercising, that could be something else to take in consideration. You might be exercising without knowing it. Maybe you dance a lot in your room or with friends, family, a significant other, etc. Maybe you have short daily sprints in order to catch the bus or get to class on time. This might also mean you run/speed walk up steps. You might be taking gym class in school. Especially when combined with a healthy diet (and genetics), if you’re getting small amounts of exercise on a regular basis then your weight might stay around 115 lb, which isn’t anything to worry about.

Stress also can cause people to lose (or gain) weight. If your diet isn’t healthy (tons of candy, chips, pizza, fast food, junk food, etc.) and you don’t really exercise, and you are undergoing a lot of stress in your life (academic, family, friendship drama, significant other, etc.) — then your weight might be due (at least partially) to stress. This wouldn’t be ideal or healthy for you. Although you can work on handling stress, it would be even more important to improve your diet. Exercise might be healthy for your mood, but I would say diet is most important. When weight loss is due to stress, I believe it’s very easy to be prone to malnutrition. Your body might not do a good job at absorbing nutrients from foods because your whole system is depressed, so you want to help your body out by modifying your diet to something healthy. Lots of veggies!! More fruits as snacks instead of candy, soda, or chips. Find high quality carbs like quinoa or brown rice. You might even want to take supplement pills. They aren’t very expensive and they are at least a little beneficial to the body.

There are a lot of considerations to take into account. As long as it seems that you’re doing everything right, then I don’t think you should worry about your weight. Just focus on maintaing a good diet and work on adding the habit of light exercise in your daily life to keep your inner body in shape (i.e. cardio). Staying healthy overall is the best way to stay worry-free!

If you begin to lose weight, then you might want to see a doctor to investigate what’s going on. You might have to modify your diet to include more of certain types of foods to keep your weight on. If you’re exercising more than usual, you might have to raise your calorie intake to prevent losing weight. There are a lot of useful calculators online, but you can also check with a doctor to help create a nutrition guideline for you.

Personally, I think a good weight range for you is 115-130 lb.

Once again, I’m 5’7″ so I have an inch on you. I feel my best when I’m 125-128lb. I found that I feel chubby and gross whenever I weigh around 130 lb., so I would say that you probably wouldn’t enjoy weighing more than that even if it’s consider to be healthy. This is because your body is naturally slim so you might not feel comfortable with that weight on you.

What matters is if you feel healthy.


96 jean brown

I am 85 years old, living in a nursing home. Weight is now 11st.3lbs. I never eat any sugar or chocolate or cow’s milk or butter. How can I lose weight?

97 Sylvia

Hi Jean. That is very tough for me to say. At that age other health issues may play a part in weight gain. Also I’m not sure if you are still able to do exercize? I think it would be best to talk to a doctor or nutritionist about this. Good luck!

98 Kelly

Hi I have been trying now for 9 months to loose weight. I do exercise everyother day for 1-2 hours and I walk 2 & 1/2 miles daily with my dogs. Although I have lost 20 pounds my BMI is still really high. Am I doing something wrong I don’t want to use pilss or diet methods I want to do it naturally so I dont crave foods given up quickly. Any ideas? Thank you.

99 Sylvia

Hi Kelly. It sounds like you are doing the right thing. I’m reading a very interesting book at the moment why we get fat from Gary Taubes. It’s all about how sugars contribute a lot to getting fat. When I finished reading this I will write an article about it but some of my readers have given good feedback on this method. More info can be found here:

100 Mel

Hello I am a 40 year young women at 5.1 height and now 167lbs struggled with weight since high school, gained lost gained lost, I have recently started journaling my food exercise daily cut sweets out and watch my portion size, I have lost since aug. 40lbs and total loss since june of 2010 around 80lbs but not real sure what my highest weight was because didnt get on a scale, my question is this, it says my ideal weight should be 97 to 132 but I have also lost inches, people are telling me I shouldn’t lose much more weight but I am still obese according to charts, I want to lose down to 125 and kind of at a plateau right now, what should i do to kick back in and why am i still obese according to charts…? thank you for help.

101 Sylvia

The charts give a good general indication but if you think that the ratings are off for your case, please consult a doctor. In terms of weight, I believe in healthy eating and cutting sugars and doing exercize. You may not lose weight really quickly but when you change into a diet and exercize regimen you can keep up with you will arrive to and keep your ideal weight.

102 Drake Denny

Hi my name is Drake,
Drake Denny. I have been under weight most of my life. I am about 6 foot maybe 6,1 and I am 15 years old. I am very skinny and need help and motivation to get bigger. I have tried to work out but I just get ripped and skinny and I don’t get credit for my hard work because j am soo skinny. I really want help from someone, anyone to help me gain weight. Not only do I want to gain weight, I wanted to get big and strong. I’ll do what ever it takes.

103 Sylvia

I’m not a doctor so if there is a problem, you should definitely check with a practitioner. However, after reading this book I now believe that carbohydrates are the main culprit for gaining weight. So if you want to gain weight, I would advise you to eat a lot more carbs. To get strong and muscular, you will still need to hit the gym.

104 shelly

Hello I am 40 years old and 4’10”. I weigh 250 lbs. I work out excessivaly and still gain weight. Is there a way to get thin. I eat only healthy foods and record my diet. But over the past 4 months I have gained 15 pounds! Please help me!

105 Sylvia

Hi Shelly, It may have to do with your changing hormone balance, so you may want to check that out. Please also read this article I now believe that cutting down on carbohydrates (especially refined sugar) is the key to losing weight.

106 Nikki

Hi my names Nikki im 24 yrs old and i have a son. I was 127 lbs when i got pregnant and i gained 60 lbs while i was pregnant. And it took me till my son was 4 to get back to the weight i was when i first got pregnant. Now hes 5 almost 6 and im down to 122 lbs. and the BMI caclulator says im in the normal range. Now im sure you cant help with everything but id like to get to around 115 and its difficult for me to diet because im allergic to dairy and i cant eat a lot of things as it is. And its hard for me to excersize because i take heart medication to keep my heart beat slow. So my excersizes choices are limited. Id love some information or a place i can find some on the dairy allergy and some diets i can use. Thanks very much for the time.

107 Sylvia

Hi Nikki, I now strongly believe in limiting sugars and carbohydrates for weight loss. I write more about it in this article: I recommend an ebook to quit sugar as well, which you may like to give a try. Good luck!

108 Vanessa

Hi my name is Vanessa and I’m 14 years old and 5 foot 5 in. I weigh around 105 pounds and the chart says that I am healthy weight. However, on the outside I look so skinny and especially because of my height I look like a stick. Is there anyway I could gain a few more pounds or at least look less skinner? Or is gaining more weight for me right now not the best idea? Thank you for your time and please help!

109 Sylvia

I feel that the best thing for you would be to accept your body as it is and eat healthy. You can also create a lot of ‘shape’ with the right clothes. Perhaps focus on that? Learn to dress for your body type. I’m sure that with the right clothes, you will look fabulous. However please note that the chart is not 100% accurate. If you feel that you are underweight, you may want to seek some advice from your doctor.

110 Lisa

I notice there is no consideration for age in the BMI chart. Does that have any impact on the formula? I am guessing it does not, but it seems like it should matter.

I am 45 years old. I am 5′ 9″ tall and weigh 260. I started 7 weeks ago at 279 pounds. Because I am tall, many people are shocked by my weight. My goal is 170-175 which is what I weighed when I was 22. I am wondering if that is even reasonable for someone my age. Any advice is apprecaited.

111 Sylvia

Hi Lisa, It’s not in the chart but is part of the calculator below it. Just fill in your numbers and you will find out!

112 swan

i am 58 kgs with 5.1 height i need to reach 50 kgs in 4 months how many calories should i burn daily?

113 Sylvia

I’m no good at maths and I don’t believe in calorie counting. Eat healthy and cut down on all your carbs, I would say. Good luck!

114 Joe

I am 88 lbs 11 years old and 5 ft 3 in. I checked my BMI and it says i am at normal weight but compared to mostpeople my height my friends consider me really thin i consider my self lanky but i want to look musclier but no matter what i try i just get thinner. What should i do?

115 Sylvia

Hi Joe, You are still very young and everyone develops differently at that age. It is very probable that all the energy you consume goes towards growing. You may develop your muscles at a later age. I believe that the best thing you can do is just to eat healthy. You may want to go to a gym to develop your muscles although it may not have an immediate effect on you. It will come with age so not to worry about that.

116 Corey

Hi I am 260 pounds, I am 5,9, and I am 20 years of age. I will love to lose about 60 pounds but I have no idea where to start. but I will start going to the gym when I get the chance. I just want to know what should I eat to trim down for right now. I really want help I hate being over weight please help.

117 Sylvia

My best advice is to eliminate all refined sugars from your diet as a start. You can read this article on why I think this is important and key to losing weight

118 Karen

Hi I’m Karen and I’m 13 yrs old with a weight of 110 pounds and a height of 5 ft is this good weight for my age and height?

119 Sylvia

Hi Karen, Please add these details in the little calculator on the page and you will have your answer straight away!

120 ir

I am 21 years old and weigh 107 pounds my height is 5`6. I eat a lot but I also walk my giant mastiffs every morning is it bad that I’m that much underweight if so what can I do just to gain 10 or so pounds to look healthier.

121 Sylvia

If you eat healthy and feel healthy then there is probably not much to worry about. Some women are just naturally thin and that is fine too. However, if you do feel that you health is not optimial you can always check with a GP. You may want to do a blood test that can check all the nutrition levels in your body so you can get a clear overview of what nutrient you may need more off. I would certainly not try get heavier for the sake of vanity. Being healthy and confident looks the most healthy and confident, no matter what your weight is.

122 Angeline

Hey, I’m 14 years old, 5’6 and weight 130 pounds. Apparently this is a healthy weight but I feel as though I should weigh less. What can I do to lose weight?

123 Sylvia

Hi Angeline, I believe that the quickest and healthiest way to lose weight is to cut all refined sugars from your diet. So no sugary fizzy drinks, white bread, sweets etc.

124 Ashley

is this a healthy weight for my height? 5 8″ 148?

125 Sylvia

That also depends on your age. You can fill out the numbers in the calculator above and you will receive an answer instantly.

126 Nic

Hi there,

I’m an athletic male, 39 years old and I’m 5′ 8″ tall. I weigh 185 lbs. According to the BMI charts, I would have to lose over 17 lbs. to be considered healthy (not over weight). That’s about 10% of my current body mass. This sounds a lot to me.
Should I really try to get to 168 lbs.?


127 Sylvia

Hi Nic. The chart is not always right. If you are very muscly for example, the numbers will be off. I would use your own judgement and when in doubt visit a GP for his/her opinion.

128 Nic

I forgot to mention, my body fat is 19% – so obviously I could get leaner. However losing 10% of my body weight seems like a lot.


129 Cora

hi Im Cora,
im weighing 136lbs at age of 34 and mother of 3kids 11y/o, 9y/o and 4y/o. what is the ideal weigh for my age?..

130 Sylvia

Just add your weight, height and age in the calculator on the page and you will find out!

131 shadow

hi I’m Shadow and I’m 11 and 5’8 and 137. How much should I weigh and is it healhty to be that much.

132 Sylvia

Hi Shadow. Just fill in your numbers on the calculator of the page and you will get your answer!

133 virginia

Thanks for your help

134 Jay

Hi I’m jay I’m 23 of age and 6’1 and weigh 249 what does obese class 1 mean and is it bad that every time I eat I gotta catch my breath ita kinda like yoning I do it about 10 times during my dinner more and when I’m going to sleep I yaln so many times to I get about 5 hours of sleep cause my back hurts so bad is all this warning signs??

135 Sylvia

Hi Jay If I were you I would definitely see a GP. You will need more sleep and a persistent back ache at your age is something you really need to look at.

136 Scarlet

Hi I actually have two questions. One, I feel underwieght and the chart said I was, but the calculatar says I’m just in the healthy range. I’m thirteen, weight 90 pouns, and am 5’2-5’3. I was wondering if you thought this sounded healthy, just in opinion. I don’t eat a lot of meat, or a lot of anythibg at all. I eat cheese, peanut butter, etc with protien but I’ve never been muscular, although I have started up softball and have gym at school. Do you know any easy ways to obtain muscle without becoming thinner? My rib cage shows and it makes me insecure, along with my legs which make me feel fat. I don’t want to change me diet too much, because Ireally don’t like worrying about eating constantly. A little over a year ago I saw a doctor for a regular check up and she said I was below average but that she was glad I was lean. This doesn’t really help me in finding out if I’m underwieght though. I plan on returning for a cvgheck up soon and getting advice there, but bhyour opinion would be much appriecated for the time being.
My other question is about a character I’m creatingb for a story. I want a thin, but not underwieght 16 year old girl. I’d like her to be short, but not so short she looks closer to 13 rather than 16. I’d like to know your suggested measurements for a person of this discription. This character will be strong, but not muscular, and will not have a very larger fat ratio. Any opinion or suggestion will be appriecated.

137 Sylvia

Hi Scarlett. At 13 you are still developing. Some girls are thin, others more chubby. It’s all normal. I would say that if you eat a healthy diet and you feel good, there is no problem there. However, I’m no doctor, so always check with a gp if you’re not sure. As an older woman, I would say to enjoy your youthful body. You are incredibly beautiful! Everybody is unique. Nobody is perfect. Yet every body is beautiful. To gain muscles just choose your favorite sport. You will not usually lose a lot of weight from it, because sport you will want to eat some more.
I can’t help you with your second question. Good luck!

138 anna

Hi, I am 14 years old, 5’8” and play basketball year round. I am almost 160 pounds. This really freaks me out because i used to weigh like 140 before the school year started. Is there anyway to lose the weight with out any extremes?

139 Sylvia

Hi Anna, I think your best strategy is to limit refined sugars. I’ve also written a few articles with my best tips and the reasons why limiting sugars is so important (all links are listed in the article), so read those as well.

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