How Much Should You Weigh If You Are 5 Feet 4?

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You can find your own body mass index based on weight and height.
You can find your own body mass index based on weight and height. (Image: scale image by PinkShot from Fotolia.com)

CDC Weight Guidelines

For adults 5 feet 4 inches tall, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists a healthy weight range of between 110 and 144 pounds. Those who weigh between 145 and 173 pounds fall into the overweight category, while those weighing 174 pounds and up are classified as obese.

Children and Teens

For 5-foot-4-inch children and teens, the body mass index percentile may be different. BMI is calculated based on weight and height. Because those under 20 years old may be still growing, they may find themselves in a different BMI percentile. Use the CDC's BMI calculator link (see Resource) to find your BMI and compare it to averages relative to age.

Bottom Line

Keep in mind that the CDC-recommended BMI guidelines for Americans are just that: guidelines. If you find yourself below or above the healthy-weight range, you may want to take a hard look at your lifestyle choices. Healthy weight loss or gain does not happen overnight. For many, it can be a lifelong struggle.

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