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Am I Overweight?

If you are even asking yourself the question “Am I overweight,” that indicates you have some concern either about the way you look, or the way you feel.

The following charts for men and women from the American Medical Association offer some guidelines for height and weight.

The charts are organized by frame size.

To figure out what size frame you have, you need to measure your wrists. Use the thumb and forefinger of one hand and wrap them around the smallest part of your wrist on the other hand.

•    If your thumb and forefinger overlap, you are small framed
•    If your thumb and forefinger just touch, you are medium framed
•    If your thumb and forefinger barely touch or don’t touch, you are large framed

After you measure your wrist and check your weight on the chart below, you may still be asking yourself “Am I overweight?” particularly if you are on the heavier edge of your weight category.

Everyone is built differently. It is possible to have small wrists, and yet still be big boned, and so it is possible you fall into the next category or frame size.

Shoulders and pelvis are other indicators of frame size. If your wrists are small but your shoulders and pelvic bones are wide, you may be a combination frame size. If you feel good in your clothes but you are heavier than you think you should be, you probably shouldn’t worry.

If you are not technically overweight according to the chart and yet you still look in the mirror and don’t like what you see, instead of asking yourself “am I overweight?” change your question to “am I in shape?” Fat does not weigh as much as muscle. You can be carrying too much fat, not enough muscle and still fit the weight chart. A muscle toning program at the local gym might be better for you than a diet program. After regular exercise you might be surprised at how good you can look.

If your weight is on the smaller end of the charts, if you are still not happy with your body size, or body shape, and you are still asking yourself “am I overweight?” you may be suffering a serious condition, like anorexia, that affects the way we look at ourselves. If you are on the low side of the weight charts, or if your weight is so low it is not on the charts, you should consult with a doctor because you are not overweight, but you might be ill.

Preferred Weight For Men
Height Small Frame Medium Frame Large Frame
5'1" 123-129 126-136 133-145
5'2"  125-131 128-138 135-148
5'3" 127-133 130-140 137-151
5'4" 129-135 132-143 139-155
5'5" 131-137 134-146 141-149
5'6" 133-140 137-149 144-163
5'7" 135-143 140-152 147-167
5'8" 137-146 143-155 150-171
5'9" 139-149 146-158 153-175
5'10" 141-152 149-161 156-179
5'11" 144-155 152-165 159-183
6'0" 147-159 155-169 163-187
6'1" 150-163 159-173 167-192
6'2" 153-167 162-177 171-197
6'3"  157-171 166-182 176-202
Source: American Medical Association
 
Preferred Weight For Women
Height Small Frame Medium Frame Large Frame
4'9" 99-108 106-118 115-128
4'10" 100-110 108-120 117-131
4'11" 101-112 110-123 119-134
5'0" 103-115 112-126 121-137
5'1" 105-118 115-129 125-140
5'2" 108-121 118-132 128-144
5'3" 111-124 121-135 131-148
5'4" 114-127 124-138 134-152
5'5" 117-130 127-141 137-156
5'6" 120-133 130-144 140-160
5'7" 123-136 133-147 143-164
5'8" 126-139 136-150 146-167
5'9" 129-142 139-153 149-170
5'10" 132-145 142-156 152-173
5'11" 135-148 145-159 155-176
Source: American Medical Association

Philip Kustner

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