Ideal Body Weight – What is yours?

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Your ideal body weight is where you

are healthiest.

There are a lot of “ideal weight calculators” online these days but the bad news is that most of those calculators are based on simple measurements of height. This is NOT a good way to estimate your ideal weight!

This kind of measurement does not take into account:

  • Bone density
  • Muscle mass
  • Fat proportion.

However, due to modern body image obsession, and psychological disorders, many people are unable to determine an accurate body weight. In this case, the BMI calculator can be useful for figuring our if you are truly under or over weight.

What is BMI?


Body mass index, or BMI, is a way to help you figure out if you are at a healthy weight for your height. BMI is a number based on your weight and height. In general, the higher the number, the more body fat you have. BMI is often used as a screening tool to decide if your weight might be putting you at risk for health problems such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer.

BMI is used to broadly define different weight groups in adults 20 years old or older. The same groups apply to both men and women.

  • Underweight: BMI is less than 18.5
  • Normal weight: BMI is 18.5 to 24.9
  • Overweight: BMI is 25 to 29.9
  • Obese: BMI is 30 or more


What is my BMI?

Here is a standard body weight calculator but please note that it is only suitable for those 4 feet tall and above (i.e. adults only, not children).

Calculating your own BMI

You can also calculate your own BMI. The actual formula to determine BMI uses metric system measurements: weight in kilograms (kg) divided by height in meters, squared (m2).

When using pounds and inches, the formula needs to be altered slightly. Multiply your weight in pounds by 703. Divide that by your height in inches, squared:

BMI = (your weight in pounds x 703) ÷ (your height in inches x your height in inches)

For example, if you weigh 120 pounds and are 5 ft. 3 in. (63 in.) tall:

BMI = (120 x 703) ÷ (63 x 63) or 84,360 ÷ 3969 = 21.3

This is well within the healthy weight range.

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