Financial Fitness and Health Math Other. The available clinical charts include the following:. Decide if you should be shopping for petite sizes or big and tall sizes.
Others say that BMI is inaccurate as it does not account for muscle mass, and that waist-hip ratio is a better method. It's worth remembering that one person's ideal body weight may be completely different to another's. If you compare yourself to family and friends you risk either aiming too high if you are surrounded by obese or overweight people , or too low if everyone around you works as a fashion model.
Even comparing yourself with people outside your immediate surroundings may not work. So a Dutch person may aim for a lower ideal weight than an American if all he did was to compare himself to other people. Researchers found that overweight people have a lower all-cause mortality risk compared to those of normal weight. Your BMI is a measure of your weight in relation to your height. Health authorities worldwide mostly agree that:.
In some countries health authorities say the lower limit for BMI is 20, anything below it is underweight. We've given options for both metric and imperial measurements. The following weight and height chart uses the National Institute of Health's body mass index tables to determine how much your healthy weight should be for your height.
BMI is a very simple measurement which does not take into account the person's waist, chest or hip measurements. As an extreme example of this, an Olympic m sprint champion is likely to have a BMI higher than a couch potato of the same height.
The couch potato may have a big belly, not much muscle and a lot of body fat on his hips, upper thighs, in his blood and on other parts of his body. While the athlete will have a smaller waist, much less body fat, and most likely enjoy better health. Using a pure BMI criteria, the couch potato may be considered healthier. BMI does not take into account bone density bone mass.
A person with severe osteoporosis very low bone density may have a lower BMI than somebody else of the same height who is healthy, but the person with osteoporosis will have a larger waist, more body fat and weak bones.
Many experts criticize BMI as not generally useful in evaluation of health. It is at best a rough ballpark basic standard that may indicate population variations, but should not be used for individuals in health care. Should you not be satisfied with using BMI to work out how much you should weigh, there are other measurement options open to you.
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All clinical growth charts may be viewed, downloaded, and printed in Adobe Acrobat. For routine viewing on a computer monitor and printing on a laser printer, the individual charts are available as PDF files Black and White.
All clinical charts have been colorized for viewing and printing. When routed to a color printer, the clinical charts for boys will print in blue and the clinical charts for girls will print in red.
Otherwise, these same charts can be routed to a black-and-white printer, and will print in black-and-white. Higher resolution PDF files Color are available to provide the highest resolution and are intended to be used as a high quality print master for quantity production when using the services of a commercial printing facility. The recommended ink colors for printing are Pantone red for girls and Pantone blue for boys. The recommended paper weight is Charts should be printed as two-sided copies, in the following combinations for each sex:.
Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content. National Center for Health Statistics. Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir. On This Page Set 1: Clinical charts with 5th and 95th percentiles Set 2: Clinical charts with 3rd and 97th percentiles Summary files. The available clinical charts include the following: Infants, birth to 36 months: Set 1 contains 10 charts 5 for boys and 5 for girls , with the 5th, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th, and 95th smoothed percentile lines for all charts, and the 85th percentile for BMI-for-age and weight-for-stature.
Set 2 contains 10 charts 5 for boys and 5 for girls , with the 3rd, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th, and 97th smoothed percentile lines for all charts, and the 85th percentile for BMI-for-age and weight-for-stature. To view, print, and reproduce clinical growth charts All clinical growth charts may be viewed, downloaded, and printed in Adobe Acrobat. Charts should be printed as two-sided copies, in the following combinations for each sex: June 16, Page last updated: June 16, Content source:
Determining how much you should weigh is not a simple matter of looking at a height-weight chart, but includes considering the amount of bone, muscle and fat in your body's composition. The amount of fat is the critical measurement. A good indicator of how much fat you carry is the body mass index (BMI). The clinical growth charts for infant length-for-age and infant weight-for-age were revised to improve the appearance of the scale for inches on the length charts by extending the indicators at ½ inch increments, and enhancing alignment of the English with the metric scales on both the length and weight scales. The chart lists elbow measurements for a medium frame - if your elbow measurement for that particular height is less than the number of inches listed, you are a small frame - if your elbow measurement for that particular height is more than the number of inches listed, your are a large frame.