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EATING RIGHT

The Dietary Guideline Way


United States Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Information Service Agriculture Information Bulletin 364

This publication is part of "Eating Right...The Dietary Guidelines Way," USDA's ongoing nutrition education program to help consumers put the Dietary Guidelines into practice.



Maintain Desirable Weight...is one of seven Dietary Guidelines recommended by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and of Health and Human Services. Choosing a good diet is a balancing act. The goal is to eat a variety of foods that supply the nutrients and fiber you need, but not too many calories or too much fat, cholesterol, sugar, sodium, or alcohol. This bulletin is about calories and your weight. Excess weight or obesity is harmful to your health and may shorten your life. It is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, the most common type of diabetes, certain cancers, and many other types of ill health.


Weight...Is Yours "Right" for You?

Weight range charts can help you decide whether you have a weight problem, but they don't tell the whole story. Some people weigh more than the chart shows, but their excess weight is primarily muscle. Overweight is only a problem if the excess pounds are fat. Are your excess pounds fat? Looking in the mirror or pinching a fold of skin at the back of your upper arm are quick tests. If you can pinch more than an inch, your excess weight probably comes from fat.


Desirable Body Weight Ranges for Adults


Height                           Weight

                        Men                Women
                      (pounds)            (pounds)

4'10"..................................... 92-121
4'11"..................................... 95-124
5'0" ..................................... 98-127
5'1".................. 105-134 .......... 101-130
5'2" ................. 108-137 .......... 104-134
5'3" ................. 111-141 .......... 107-138
5'4" ................. 114-145 .......... 110-142
5'5" ................. 117-149 .......... 114-146
5'6" ................. 121-154 .......... 118-150
5'7" ................. 125-159 .......... 122-154
5'8" ................. 129-163 .......... 126-159
5'9" ................. 133-167 .......... 130-164
5'10" ................ 137-172 .......... 134-169
5'11" ................ 141-177
6'0" ................. 145-182
6'1" ................. 149-187
6'2" ................. 153-192
6'3" ................. 157-197

NOTE: For women 18-25 years of age, subtract 1 pound for each year under 25.
SOURCE: Adapted from the 1959 Metropolitan Desirable Weight Table.
 

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