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.

Underweight

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. Learn more by reading about 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, it may not be suitable if you have a very muscular build.

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: 14/04/2015

Next review due: 14/04/2017

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