What is the ideal weight for women?

What is the ideal weight for women?

Obesity and overweight is a highly concerned health problem. For women, this threat is even more because their roles are different than men. Most of the women across the world weigh more than their ideal weight.

Various factors such as poor food choices, bad lifestyle etc are contributory factors in this weight gain. There are many women which don’t even know if they weight normal or not. To this regard, this article will tell you how much you should weight.

Relation of weight and height

It is the height, body frame and the lean mass value which determines the ideal body weight for anyone. The average body weight for adult women which are over 20 years of age should be near to 166.2 pounds. The average height related to this weight is no more than 5’3 tall. If the weight is more or less than this approximate figure, the person is more prone to diseases like diabetes and metabolic problems. This weight measurement is more for the women that are taller than 5’3.

Weight and BMI for women

BMI is the body mass index of a person. For an adult woman, the BMI is somewhat 28.7. However, as per calculations, the BMI of 25-30 is considered overweight. When it crosses 30, the individual is more prone to obesity. A BMI value that is below 18 is underweight. The values between 18.5 to 29.5 you are perfectly healthy and not over weight. The women are more shy about getting all the measurements done regularly. This delay makes them unaware of their body weight which increases the risk of weight gain. Most of the times, the women are not even aware that how much they weigh and what is their BMI value.

How much waist is normal?

Another method to relate someone as overweight or slim is the waist size. For most of the women, the average waist size is 37.5 inches. In most of the cases, having a higher waist count than 35 inches makes you more susceptible to develop diabetes, blood pressure, and related heart diseases. It suggests that a waist below 35 inches is best for women, however, as per aesthetic value, having a waist of 28-32 inches is ideal.

What is a desirable body weight?

For women, getting an ideal body weight is desirable. Once they become conscious of it, they do everything to make it happen. As per research, 5 feet tall woman should weigh 100 pounds and nothing more. One can add additional 5 pounds for each inch over 5 feet. Another thing is to check the body frame. Many women that have a broader body frame, they can add extra 10 pounds to know a desirable weight.

For small framed ladies, this value is decreased by 10 pounds. It gives a rough idea that women who are 5 feet and 4 inches tall should have a weight of 120 pounds ideally. This weight is perfect if her body frame is medium. If she has a large frame and 10 percent which makes it 132 pounds as the ideal weight. If she is a small frame, subtract 10 percent which makes 108 pounds of an ideal weight. This gives a rough idea to check and compare your weight.

Common health problems

An increase in weight can lead to many health problems such as;

  • A high cholesterol
  • Heart diseases
  • Blood pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Digestive problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Metabolic issues
  • Sleep apnea
  • Cancer

It is necessary to know the suitable weight as per your body frame. Once these details are known, it is easy to manage the weight with clean eating or workout. The best way is to eat a balanced diet and involve yourself in any physical activity at least thrice a day. Unnatural methods and abnormal weight loss methods are neither worthy, not healthy for women.

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The author is a Medical Microbiologist and healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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