Every woman is concerned about her weight, the reasons being good looks and good health. The current article provides weight charts which indicate the range of healthy weights for females of different age groups and heights, as well as for different frame sizes.
A healthy weight is something every female wishes and attempts to achieve. Of course good shape is the major inspiration behind such attempts. Apart from this, the need to remain healthy, and keep the notorious lifestyle associated diseases, like diabetes and cardiac problems, at bay is another reason why women tend to be cautious about their weight.
In addition, an abnormal weight may also be an indication of hormonal imbalance, thyroid problems and other metabolic disorders. Hence it is essential to keep track of the changes in weight, and follow a healthy routine that includes regular exercise as well as an appropriate intake of the necessary nutrients.
Given below are a few handy weight charts for females, by age, height and frame size, as well as the BMI values for different age groups.
Weight Charts by Age and Height
This section provides the normal ranges as well as the average weights for females of different age groups.
Height and weight are two important parameters to evaluate the growth of little ones. The height, weight and head circumference is periodically recorded to monitor growth, and identify their special growth and medical needs. The tables given below provide information regarding the normal weights and heights for infants, as per the guidelines and growth charts for girls provided by WHO (World Health Organization).
However, it is important to remember that these values have been obtained by considering infants with optimal growth conditions. The weight of a newborn depends on whether the baby is full-term or preterm, mother’s health and nutrition during pregnancy, as well as certain hereditary factors. Hence, the overall growth of an infant must be evaluated rather than considering weight as the only parameter.
|Average Values (0 to 11 Months)|
|Acceptable Range (0 to 11 Months)|
|Average Values (12 to 23 Months)|
|Acceptable Range (12 to 23 Months)|
This is the age that involves a variety of physical and physiological changes, and is a crucial time as far the overall physical and mental well being of an individual is concerned.
The charts given below depict the normal weights and heights for girls from 2 to 20 years of age. These represent information extracted from the guidelines and growth charts provided by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Above 20 years
By adulthood, the increase in height is highly reduced, and age becomes and important factor to determine the ideal weight. It is natural for females to gain weight along with increasing age. However, this is the time where weight-related disorders set in, and hence it is essential to keep a watchful eye on the weighing scale.
Given below is a table for age-specific weights as per Gerontology Research Center (National Institutes of Health, USA).
BMI Charts by Age
Body mass index (BMI) or Quetelet index serves as a reliable indicator for body fat, and is computed by using the height and weight of an individual. BMI evaluation proves to be a more precise way to evaluate weight in relation to height. BMI can be calculated using the following formulae:
BMI (in Kg/m2) = (Weight in Kilograms) / (Height in Meters) x (Height in Meters)
BMI (in Kg/m2) = [Weight (in Pounds) / (Height in Inches ) x (Height in Inches)] x 703
Given below are the BMI values (in Kg/m2) as per the guidelines and growth charts provided by CDC, for girls between 2 and 20 years of age.
Above 20 years
For adult females, the following BMI values given by the National Institutes of Health (USA) can be used to determine obesity or malnutrition. For the elderly women, a BMI range of 25 to 27 is considered to be ideal. However, BMI is not considered to be a reliable indicator for obesity as far as the elderly are concerned.
|25.0 – 29.9||Overweight|
|Over 40||Extremely obese|
Weight Charts by Frame Size
Frame size provides a reference for skeletal mass and size as well as the body composition of an individual. Bone weight is an important component of the total body weight of an individual. Hence, while evaluating weight, it is essential to consider weight range defined for the appropriate frame size.
The following table given by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company provides frame-specific weights for women between 25 and 60 years of age.
Determining Frame Size
From Elbow Breadth
This method relies on elbow breadth in relation to the height of an individual to decide frame size. Bend the arm upwards at 90 degrees, such that the wrist faces the body, and the arm is parallel to the body. Measure the distance between the two prominent bones of the elbow, and compare it with the values provided in the table below. It indicates elbow measurements for women with a medium frame. Elbow breadths smaller or greater than those mentioned in the table simply imply small or large frames respectively.
|Height (Ft-In)||Elbow Measurement (Inches)|
|4′-10″ – 4′-11″||2.20-2.50|
|5′-00″ – 5′-03″||2.28-2.60|
|5′-04″ – 5′-07″||2.30-2.60|
|5′-08″ – 5′-11″||2.40-2.70|
From Wrist Girth
Wrist circumference in relation to height of the individual is used in this method to determine the body frame. Measure the wrist circumference using a measuring tape, and use the following tables to identify the correct body frame. It indicates wrist sizes for women with a medium frame. A wrist size lower or higher than that mentioned in the table implies a small or large frame respectively.
|Height (Ft-In)||Wrist Size (Inches)|
|5′-02″ – 5′-5″||6.00-6.25|
Body weight is a variable that depends on age, height as well as the body type or build. It is always advisable to consider all the relevant parameters before deciding to lose or gain a few pounds. However, it is important to be fit and healthy, rather than being perfect on the weighing scale, and being ill.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and does not attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.