By Tami Charbonnet

Being fit is not about being skinny or fat.  Natural body weight is as extraordinary and unique as your personality, talents and genetic gifts.  According to research, “Body Mass Index (BMI) is not an accurate predictor of ideal weight— BMI measures body fat, but ignores factors such as body type, genetics, and muscle mass.”  Your body is an exclusive entity- unlike anyone else’s. We are human, thus genetically unique and different. In terms of health and happiness we must not compare ourselves to others or focus on numbers.  Instead ask yourself:  Do you remember a time when you felt healthy? Do you remember a time when you were eating well without depriving yourself of food? If you need a numeric “goal,” make it your goal to return to your healthiest and happiest weight.  But be careful, it may not be attainable to return to the same weight you were as a teenager or before you gave birth to children.  Our body composition changes with age and life experiences.  We have to make the choice to be the best version of our genetic makeup.  

“One person’s ideal body weight may be completely different to another’s.”

h-w-chartHow much should you weigh for your height & age?   Although there is no specific weight ideal for every person at the same age, we will explore this common question. 

Body weight must include several factors including age, muscle-fat ratio, height, sex, and bone density.

Researchers claim  “Body Mass Index is inaccurate as it does not account for muscle mass, and that waist-hip ratio is a better method.”  However, “one person’s ideal body weight may be completely different to another’s.” 

Never compare yourself to family and friends. These comparisons ignore comparisons of height, bone density, genes, and even age.  Instead, get the facts! Below is a chart to help find an estimate of where you should be according to the latest BMI chart.  However, meet with a health professional, fitness professional, or a registered dietitian to help safely guide you to your ideal weight for maximum health and happiness.  In the most simple terms:  To be strong, fit and healthy, one must exercise daily for at least 30 minutes and eat fresh, nutrient dense foods.  

According to researchers at Changing Shape in Vancouver, WA, the following is an ideal body weight chart for women.  Find more information at

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