Ideal Weight Calculator: Healthy Range for Men & Women

Understanding your ideal weight is the first big step towards maintaining good health and preventing various lifestyle-related diseases. The Ideal Body Weight Calculator for Men and Women is an effective tool that helps determine the right weight for your specific height, accounting for the differences in body composition between genders.
Men have a higher ideal body weight for a given height compared to women, and this calculator accurately reflects these variations.

Using the IBW Calculator: To use the calculator simply input your gender and height. The calculator will provide you with an estimate of your ideal body weight, giving you a target to aim for in your health and fitness journey.
Remember, this calculator is a guide and should be used in conjunction with advice from healthcare professionals.

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Interesting Facts about Ideal Body Weight

Ideal body weight depends on various factors, including a person's body composition, muscle-to-fat ratio, age, sex, and bone density. Nevertheless, here are some top nine interesting facts about our body weight and health:
  • Growth in men occurs till the age of 25, after which the weight normally remains constant.
  • On an average 70kg or 150lb mass of an adult human body contains approximately 37.2 trillion cells.
  • There are more bacteria that reside in normal human gastrointestinal tract than cells in the body.
  • Almost 99% of the body mass of the human body is made up of six elements namely oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus.
  • There are 60 identifiable chemical elements present in the human body and of these only around 25 are required for life and good health.
  • The elements in the human body are distributed as water, carbohydrates, fats, protein, hydroxyl-apatite (in bones) along with minerals and DNA.
  • All of the trace elements such as iron, zinc, copper and selenium make up less than 10 grams of the human body.
  • Water is responsible for 60 to 65% of body weight among males and 50% among females. Females have more fat which also means they have higher proportion of carbon.
  • Healthy Weight is linked to longevity and means reduced risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.


Why BMI, Ideal Body Weight, and Obesity Matter: Understanding Health Metrics for Longevity

Understanding BMI, Ideal Body Weight, and obesity is crucial for longevity. This guide explores these key health metrics followed by their impact on long-term health, and why achieving IBW is important for a healthier, longer life.
  • Ideal Weight range as BMI - BMI between 18.5 and 24.9
  • Overweight - BMI between 25 and 29.9
  • Class 1 Obesity - BMI of 30 but less than 35
  • Class 2 Obesity - BMI of 35 but less than 40
  • Class 3 or severe obesity - BMI of 40 or higher
For some population the cut off point for overweight and obesity has been redefined by WHO and other bodies:
  1. BMI & Chinese population - BMI criterion has been for overweight has been defined as 24 to 27.9 kg/m2 and that for obesity as 28 kg/m2 (1 Trusted Source
    Predictive values of body mass index and waist circumference to risk factors of related diseases in Chinese adult population

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  2. BMI for Indian & Pacific Population - BMI criterion for overweight has been defined as 23 to 24.9 kg/m2 and that for obesity as ≥25 kg/m2 (2 Trusted Source
    Consensus statement for diagnosis of obesity, abdominal obesity and the metabolic syndrome for Asian Indians and recommendations for physical activity, medical and surgical management

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Why Knowing Your Ideal Weight Matters?

Maintaining a weight within your ideal range is more than just about looks and aesthetics; it's about health and longevity. Being either underweight or overweight can have significant health implications. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2025 over 3 billion people will be overweight with BMI of over BMI≥25kg/m2 and 17% of the world population will have a BMI of over 30kg/m2 and will be in obesity category(3 Trusted Source
World ObesityAtlas 2023

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). The growing epidemic of obesity and excessive weight has been linked to numerous lifestyle diseases, including:
  1. Heart Disease: Obesity increases heart disease risk by 28% compared with healthy people of normal weight (4 Trusted Source
    Separate and combined associations of obesity and metabolic health with coronary heart disease: a pan-European case-cohort analysis

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  2. Stroke: Being overweight increases your risk of stroke by 22% and being obese by 64% (5 Trusted Source

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  3. Diabetes: Obesity is believed to account for 80-85% of the risk of developing type 2diabetes (6 Trusted Source
    Obesity increases risk for diabetes

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  4. Metabolic Syndrome: This encompasses a range of conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and abnormal cholesterol levels. According to International Diabetes Federation the overall prevalence of metabolic syndrome for men and women is 62.3 and 74.8% in obese and 37.7 and 25.8% in overweight groups, respectively.
  5. Certain Cancers: About 4-8% of all cancers are attributed to obesity and Obesity has been linked to several common cancers including breast, colorectal, esophageal, kidney, gallbladder, uterine, pancreatic, and liver cancer. (7 Trusted Source
    Obesity and Cancer: A Current Overview of Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, Outcomes, and Management

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  6. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Excess weight can exacerbate the symptoms of COPD and make it worse.
For personalized advice on healthy body weight, it's best to consult with a healthcare provider or a registered dietitian

  • 1. Predictive values of body mass index and waist circumference to risk factors of related diseases in Chinese adult population
  • 2. Consensus statement for diagnosis of obesity, abdominal obesity and the metabolic syndrome for Asian Indians and recommendations for physical activity, medical and surgical management
  • 3. World Obesity Atlas 2023
  • 4. Separate and combined associations of obesity and metabolic health with coronary heart disease: a pan-European case-cohort analysis
  • 6. Obesity increases risk for diabetes
  • 7. Obesity and Cancer: A Current Overview of Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, Outcomes, and Management
  • 8. Benefits of modest weight loss in improving cardiovascular risk factors in overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes
  • 9. Waist circumference as a vital sign in clinical practice: a Consensus Statement from the IAS and ICCR Working Group on Visceral Obesity
  • 10. Role of set-point theory in regulation of body weight
  • 11. Development of Hypothalamic Circuits That Control Food Intake and Energy Balance
  • 12. Metabolically Healthy Obesity

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rub97, India

very useful


Is the calculator India specific? [Indians may have other ideal weights for the same height than e. g. US residents]

srmcurology, India

Does the ideal weight not depend on the body frame type.

no_worries, India

davidali: eat like there is no tomorrow.. non veg and have lots of beer.. food will let you gain weight and beer will give u a belly to maintain..

davidali, India

Hi sir, my age is 23, weight is 44 and height is 5.4, what I have to do to improve my height and physic


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