I have observed that the question 'am I too fat for my height' is always lingering in the minds of teens as well as adults. Parents often wonder if their children are underweight, overweight or just the correct weight for their height. These days, body height ratio charts are available in clinics, gyms, schools, everywhere. As obesity is a common concern today, people are becoming more and more calorie conscious. They are always in search of a weight loss diet. It is better to check the answer to the question 'am I overweight for my height' before opting for a diet. Let us find out the answer with the help of body mass index.
Body Mass Index
Those who are worried about their weight should know the simple formula of finding body mass index.
BMI (in Kg/m2) = [Weight (in Pounds) / (Height in inches ) x (Height in inches)] x 703
By multiplying by 703, you get the value of BMI in Kg/m2.
or
BMI (in Kg/m2) = (Weight in Kilograms) / (Height in Meters) x (Height in Meters)
 BMI 18.525: You have normal or optimal weight.
 BMI greater than 25: You are overweight
 BMI less than 18.5: You are underweight
 BMI less than 17.5: You are extremely underweight
 BMI 30 or greater: You belong to the class of obese.
 BMI 40 or greater: Example of morbid obesity
I think the above information is helpful to find out the answer of your question 'am I overweight for my height'. There are overweight calculators available on various sites on Internet which help you calculate the BMI very easily. You just have to fill in your height and weight, you don't need to remember the formula. So there can be no confusion about 'am I overweight or not'. You can also refer to height and weight charts to confirm whether you are the correct weight for your height.
Height and Weight Charts
The following tables show the ideal weight for height for boys and for girls. Children can refer to height and weight chart for children to clear their doubts.
Age Height Weight For Boys 
Age 
Average Height 
Average Weight 

in Inches 
in Pounds 
1 year 
28  29 
22 
2 years 
31 
28.4 
3 years 
33 
33 
4 years 
37 
35 37 
5 years 
40 
41.8 
6 years 
42 
46.2 
7 years 
44 
50.6 
8 years 
45 
57.2 
9 years 
49 
61.6 
10 years 
51 
70.4 
11 years 
52 
77 
1213 years 
5862 
85100 
1415 years 
6366 
105125 
1617 years 
6770 
130150 
1820 years 
6870 
150160 


Age Height Weight For GIRLS 
Age 
Average Height 
Average Weight 

in Inches 
in Pounds 
1 year 
2829 
21.76 
2 year 
30 
28.4 
3 year 
33 
30.8 
4 year 
37 
35.2 
5 year 
40 
39.6 
6 year 
41 
46.2 
7 year 
43 
50.6 
8 year 
45 
57.2 
9 year 
47 
63.8 
10 year 
51 
70.4 
11 year 
52 
79.2 
1213 years 
6063 
95105 
1415 years 
6364 
105115 
1617 years 
64 
115120 
1820 years 
64 
125130 

Now that you have taken a look at the ideal weight and height charts for kids and teens, you can scroll down to find the answer of your question 'how much should I weigh for my height'. You can refer to the following tables and then decide to shed those extra pounds.
Height Weight Chart: Men^{*} 
Height 
Small Frame 
Medium Frame 
Large Frame 
5'1" 
123 
134 
145 
5'2" 
125 
137 
148 
5'3" 
127 
139 
151 
5'4" 
129 
142 
155 
5'5" 
131 
145 
159 
5'6" 
133 
148 
163 
5'7" 
135 
151 
167 
5'8" 
137 
154 
171 
5'9" 
139 
157 
175 
5'10" 
141 
160 
179 
5'11" 
144 
164 
183 
6'0" 
147 
167 
187 
6'1" 
150 
171 
192 
6'2" 
153 
175 
197 
6'3" 
157 
179 
202 


Height Weight Chart: Women^{*} 
Height 
Small Frame 
Medium Frame 
Large Frame 
4'10" 
100 
115 
131 
4'11" 
101 
117 
134 
5'0" 
103 
120 
137 
5'1" 
105 
122 
140 
5'2" 
108 
125 
144 
5'3" 
111 
128 
148 
5'4" 
114 
133 
152 
5'5" 
117 
136 
156 
5'6" 
120 
140 
160 
5'7" 
123 
143 
164 
5'8" 
126 
146 
167 
5'9" 
129 
150 
170 
5'10" 
132 
153 
173 
5'11" 
135 
156 
176 
6'0" 
138 
159 
179 

^{*  Given weight is in Pounds}
From the above height and weight charts for kids as well as adults, you must have noticed that 'age' is also a factor that is to be taken into consideration while measuring obesity. Aging affects the weight of an individual and so 'am I overweight for my height and age' would be a more appropriate question. Genetic factors also determine height and weight of an individual. But it is necessary to keep in mind that you should not become very obsessed with your height and weight because being healthy is more important than anything else. Regular exercise and balanced diet is what you should concentrate on. I hope the above information has helped you find the answer to your question 'am I overweight for my height'. Weight plays an important role in helping you lead a healthy and active life.