What is a normal women’s weight? I’m a five-foot 7-inch tall woman. At least I am if you round up to the nearest inch! And I’m “normal weight” for my height.
Normal weight just refers to my body mass index or BMI. It’s a calculation based on my weight and height. My weight in kilograms is divided by the square of my height in meters.
Normal just means I’m not underweight, overweight, or obese.
BMI has a lot of limitations and can be highly inaccurate, but it’s a quick and easy indicator of your ideal weight. You just need to be careful if you’re using it as a guide for weight loss.
What Is Normal Weight?
Normal weight, for a five-foot seven-inch tall woman, is in the range of 118 to 159 pounds.
Now that’s a huge range. It reflects different builds and you’ll find some older BMI charts that refer to small frames, medium frames, and large frames.
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Importance Of Being Normal Weight
BMI may be a rough and ready indicator, (and we’ll get to that in a moment), but maintaining a normal weight can be important. It’s not about looks or being “bikini ready”. Statistically, your weight is a reflection of your health.
If you’re overweight or obese, you could be playing Russian Roulette with your health. Diabetes, heart disease, types of cancer, strokes… these are all risks of being overweight.
That said, weight isn’t everything. Your life shouldn’t be dictated by the numbers on a scale. Aim for healthy eating but don’t beat yourself up on the days you reach for a donut.
Diet may be more important than exercise when it comes to weight loss, but moving more is just as important for your health. Don’t neglect it!
Find a sport you enjoy and get some exercise. Being fit and healthy is about more than being a normal weight.
Your body frame or build is reflected in your weight. That’s why the BMI range of a particular height is so large. I’m sure you’ve heard the claim that someone’s just big build rather than overweight.
Sometimes it’s true.
The problem is assessing someone’s frame adds yet another layer of inaccuracy. It’s based on your wrist size.
If you’re a 5-foot 7-inch tall woman, a wrist circumference of less than 6.2 inches indicates a small frame and over 6.5 inches indicates a large frame.
Based on this measurement I have a small frame. Maybe I have, but I also have a really broad back. It seems odd to me that body frame can be based purely on your wrist size.
The BMI calculation is vague enough without trying to account for frame size.
Gender – Man vs Woman
The BMI calculation doesn’t reflect the differences in gender. Men and women have different body shapes, body fat percentages, and men, because of testosterone levels, tend to be more muscular.
These all have huge implications for your weight. Failing to differentiate for gender limits the effectiveness of BMI.
Muscles are denser than fat. That means a pound of muscle takes up less volume than a pound of fat. But the difference is a lot less than you might think.
People with big muscles just look better than those carrying the same weight of body fat. On average, the density of fat is 0.9 g/mL, while the density of muscle is 1.1 g/mL. So not much difference.
BMI calculations are based on averages for the population. They don’t account for athletes who carry the extra bulk of muscles.
If you’re trying to lose weight and your weight loss is slow, it could be because you don’t need to lose weight.
It’s quite normal to find muscular athletes with low body fat but with a high BMI indicating they are overweight or even obese. You can be obese based on your BMI calculation and still be anorexic.
Athletes with big muscles such as bodybuilders may need to be cautious. There’s just insufficient information about the relationship between health and muscle weight.
Don’t Get Hung Up On Your Normal Weight
Let’s get a bit of perspective here. A lineup of 5-foot 7-inch tall healthy women will give you all different shapes and sizes.
There is no such thing as normal. Normal weight is really just an average indicator across a population.
Of course, it would be wrong to deny weight gain has an impact on the health of a nation. Since the 1960’s the average American woman has gained less than an inch in height but 30 pounds in weight.
In the same timeframe, diabetes has increased by almost 7%. It’s not surprising some of this increase is attributed to weight gain.
But for a lot of people constantly focusing on weight and dieting leads to a life of misery. It’s better to foster a healthy relationship with food, eat better rather than less, and move more.
Being fit will help you feel better about your body. It’s a better route to being healthy.
Why BMI Is Bogus
BMI was a formula dreamt up in the 19th century by a Belgian named Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet. He was a mathematician who created the BMI formula to model the level of obesity in the general population.
It was never intended to be used for individuals. While a person who is overweight or obese will have a high BMI, the reverse isn’t true. You can have a high BMI but not be overweight or obese.
There are far more reliable ways to measure body fat such as hydrostatic weighing or pod bods. Even inexpensive methods to measure your body fat at home, such as using skinfold calipers, can be more reliable than using BMI.
The only reason the medical profession seems to use BMI is that it’s such a cheap and quick figure to calculate. It’s never taken into account fit and healthy athletes with extra muscle weight.
By all means, check your BMI and find out your normal weight. But if the results aren’t what you expect, look for other methods to calculate your body fat percentage.
Healthy body fat percentages are age-related mainly because people typically gain weight as they get older. For women, the healthy range is 14 to 31% and 8 to 25% for men.
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Normal Weight – Frequently Asked Questions
Based on BMI a healthy weight range is a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9. However, BMI is a seriously flawed measurement. It can miss people who are skinny fat and carry a lot of excess weight around their waist or classify athletes with strong muscles as unhealthy.
A normal or healthy weight depends on your height. Taller people are heavier. 70 kg may be overweight for some people and normal or underweight for others.
Based on BMI, normal weight if you’re 5’5 is in the range 114 to 144 lbs. BMI is just an estimate of normal weight and should be used with caution.