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Ideal Weight for Men

What is the acceptable range when it comes to men's ideal body weight? Well, if you're interested in knowing more about the ideal weight for men, read ahead.
What is the ideal weight for men with respect to height or age?

This is a question that occupies the minds of quite a few members of the male species all over the world. In the following sections of this article, I will attempt to answer most of the queries or doubts that you may have, pertaining to the numbers or the statistics regarding men's ideal body weight. Read ahead to know more.

Weight for Men by Height and Age

First and foremost, let me clear a common misconception that quite a few people have regarding 'ideal body weight'. Simply put, there cannot be any universal 'ideal weight' as such (for men as well as for women). Well, if that is indeed the case, then why have I bothered to write an article on the topic, you may ask. Well, here is the answer. Although there cannot be a universal 'ideal weight' as such, nevertheless, based on a man's height or his age, you can have an 'ideal weight range, which can give you an idea of the minimum and maximum body weight for a healthy man. So, based on the height factor alone, here is a chart depicting the weight ranges regarding the appropriate weight that men should have.

Height (feet/inches) Weight Range (pounds)
5' 1" 104-132
5' 2" 108-137
5' 3" 112-142
5' 4" 117-146
5' 5" 120-152
5' 6" 123-156
5' 7" 126-160
5' 8" 129-163
5' 9" 132-168
5' 10" 136-173
5' 11" 140-178
6' 0" 145-183
6' 1" 149-188
6' 2" 153-193
6' 3" 157-199
6' 4" 161-205

Now before you jump to any conclusions about being underweight or overweight, let me state another very important point. Not everyone's frame or physique is the same. Most of us have a medium or normal build; some people are born with a lean and slim build, whereas there are a few people who have a naturally large body physique since birth. Therefore, it is very important to know your body type and your body frame while comparing your body weight with the weight ranges mentioned in the above chart. For those who have a naturally slim build, your weight should be around the lower margins, whereas for those with a naturally large frame, your weight should be towards the higher end of the weight range. For those with a medium build, consider the midpoint of the weight range to be the appropriate body weight for your body. Of course, most of us are aware of the type of body frame or body physique that our bodies classify under. However, for those of you who are in doubt, here is a simple way of finding out. Measure the circumference of your wrist. If it is comes to seven inches, then you happen to fall under the 'normal' build category. Anything below seven classifies your frame as 'slim', whereas anything above seven puts your frame under the 'large' category.

The chart given earlier was for men above the age of 20 and under the age of 60. However, men above the age of 50 should make a note of the fact that, regardless of your body frame type, it is important for you to cut down on the fat element of your body weight. This can help in protecting you from age-related weight disorders, heart ailments and other health issues. The BMI (Body Mass Index) is a good way of finding out what your ideal weight range is, or should be. A BMI range of 19 to 25 is considered to be healthy. Anything above 25 would put you in the overweight category.

Once you cross the age of 60, it becomes even more important to keep a track of how much you weigh, and more importantly, the fat content of your body weight. An acceptable range of body fat percentage is between 10 and 20 percent of your total body weight. Anything above that would indicate that you require a bit of fat loss. However, do not misinterpret this concept with that of BMI. They are two separate concepts and both are different from each other. Well, this was a short overview of what should be the ideal weight of men according to their age.
By Parashar Joshi
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