Height/weight chart

You can use this chart to check if you're the right weight for your height. Alternatively, you can use the BMI healthy weight calculator.

This height/weight chart is only suitable for adult men and women. It isn't suitable for children or young people under 18.

If you want to check if your child is a healthy weight, or if you are under 18 yourself, use the BMI healthy weight calculator, which is suitable for both adults and children.

Growth charts specifically for children are included in the red book (Personal Child Health Record) given to parents in most areas of England just before or after the birth of their child.

Interpreting the height/weight chart

Remember that this chart is only suitable for people aged 18 and over.


If you're in the underweight range, there are a number of possible reasons for this. Your GP can help you find out more and give you help and advice. You can learn more by reading Nutrition for underweight adults.

Healthy weight

If you're in this range, it means you're a healthy weight for your height. However, to stay in good health, it's still important to eat a balanced diet and include physical activity in your daily life. Adults should be active for at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) every week. Find out more in Benefits of exercise.

Overweight, obese or very obese

If you're in any of these ranges, you're heavier than is healthy for someone of your height. Excess weight puts you at increased risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. It's time to take action. There's lots of information, advice and support on NHS Choices that can help you.

  • Download the NHS weight loss plan, a free 12-week diet and exercise programme.
  • Lose weight has information and advice on achieving a healthy weight.
  • Food and diet contains information and advice on healthy eating.
  • Fitness is full of exercise plans such as Couch to 5K to help you get more active.

You can also talk to your GP or practice nurse. They can offer advice on lifestyle changes, and may refer you to a weight loss group or discuss other treatments. Find out more in How your GP can help.

Is this chart suitable for all adults?

This chart is suitable for most people aged 18 and over. However, if you have a very muscular build it may not be suitable. This is because having lots of muscle may put you in the overweight or obese categories, even if you have little body fat. For example, professional rugby players can fall into the 'obese' category despite having very little body fat. However, this will not apply to most people.

In addition to BMI, your waist circumference can provide information about your health. You can learn more in Why body shape matters.

Page last reviewed: 14/04/2013

Next review due: 14/04/2015


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Lose weight with Florina said on 19 May 2013

These charts are not useful on individual level. They are statistical instruments relevant only to large groups.
It does not offer information about your particular health and nobody should use it to make life affecting decisions.

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LordJack said on 29 April 2013

I need to loose 80lbs by my holidays in August and so my partner will look at me like he does the men on the internet. I am so self-conscious about my weight that I have now had a hypnotic gastric band done. I've lost 10lbs so far and I'm eating a lot less then I did. (Around a half cup full of food for breakfast lunch and tea. The chart above says I need to be ten stone as a healthy weight and my BMI says that I am obese so this is my bible. I am determined to do this! However, all of my friends who have been telling me that I am fat are now so unsupportive and telling me that my goal weight is too thin.
I'm 5'10" and a 45 year old man who weighs in at a colossal 16 Stone 3lbs. (227lbs) I need to be 147lbs. I am exercising every day yet I fear I won't be able to make my goal.

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DTok said on 26 March 2013

I think there should be different charts for different builds. This is just on height which is of no relevence. Some people are short and broad, some long and heavy boned. We are not all the same in our make up. For instance it says my weight should be 11 stone when i was this i was a unhealthy size 8 and the doc put me on build up drinks. I am 5ft 9 and a woman. My bones are very dense. I,ve never broken one. Of course people shouldnt use any of the above for false reasons for their weight being too high. I know plenty who say they hardly eat but they do. Plenty fresh food, fish, salad the best way.

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wkirby1 said on 19 June 2012

I think that as long you have a balanced diet, exercise regulary, and keep sugars to a minimum whether it be the comsumption of sugary fruits or junk food, your body will naturally be where it needs to be.

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