Healthy Weight Chart

Healthy weight chart is a chart that helps people see where their weights fall into and the weight range that is normal for them. Ideal weight chart can also be a bmi chart because it is the bmi that determines healthy weight.

This chart is also used as the BMI chart, height weight chart, ideal weight chart or simply weight chart. They are used interchangeably on this page.

This chart can also serve as the ideal weight chart because the ideal weight for the individual’s height can be found on the chart.

There are things that you can do to keep a healthy weight and they include

  • Eat well. Eat healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, protein, carbohydrates and dairy. The recommended diet for Americans can be found at www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines.
  • Be active by exercising and doing both physical and mental activities to burn calories, build muscles and improve the basal metabolic rate. Basal metabolic rate is how much calories you burn when you are not physically active or when you are sleeping. This means that physical activity keeps you burning energy, long after you are done with it. The Surgeon General recommends that adults exercise at least 30 minutes a day, and children exercise for 60 minutes a day, most days of the week.

Note: This chart is for adults (aged 20 years and older).

Source: US Surgeon General.

The chart above is the one used by the Surgeon General’s website. It is for use for adults 20 years or older. The healthy weight is represented in navy blue. Any weight below the navy blue is underweight. Above and light green color is overweight. If you are overweight, a little adjustment in diet and exercise may be all it will take to bring your weight down to the ideal weight. The deep green area is obese. Even if you are obese, you need to consult your doctor before you embark on any weight loss program. It is also important to know that good weight loss is the one that takes off the weight gradually and not dramatically.

This chart above is the weight chart that is used by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Remember that this is also a BMI chart and the number in the box is the BMI for that height and weight. In the healthy weight chart immediately above, grey is underweight, green is the healthy weight, yellow is overweight and red is obese.


Healthy Weight Chart for Children

Weight Status Category Percentile Range
Underweight Less than the 5th percentile
Healthy weight 5th percentile to less than the 85th percentile
Overweight 85th to less than the 95th percentile
Obese Equal to or greater than the 95th percentile

 

Source: CDC

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