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need to knowhow to calculate a healthy weight?

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Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry 43 years experience
Consider BMI: Body mass index, takes into account your height and has healthy weight within that chart. Also shows overweight, obese and extremely obese numbers. Go to this website. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/bmi_tbl.pdf i have good information at: www.Thin.Tsfl.Com.

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A 20-year-old member asked:

I am 20 and i'm worried about my weight I weight 12stone 6 and am 5ft 8, is this a healthy weight to be?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe, maybe not: Healthtap doctors are american physicians, so we talk in pounds and ounces. I'm guessing a stone is 14 pounds, so 12 stone 6 = 174 pounds? That might be ok, depending on whether a person is male, female, has lots of muscle, has little muscle, etc... The question of "healthiness" depends on other conditions (a person with diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, etc... Would do better being lighter).
A 35-year-old member asked:

I am just under 8 stone. Is this healthy weight?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
See below: First, for all who don't know, 1 stone (used in parts of northern europe) is equal to 14 lbs or 6.35 kg. So 8 stone = 112 lbs. Now, for the question, it depends on your gender & height (assuming you're over age 15). You could also consider body type (high vs. Low muscle mass).
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A 20-year-old female asked:

What is a healthy weight for me? The most I have ever weighed was 144. I'm 20 years old, and i'm 5'4.

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Ideal body weight: For a female 5' 4" tall is about 121 pounds. Normal bmi range is 18 - 25; bmi of 18 would be weight of 105 pounds; bmi of 25 would be 144 pounds; so 144 is not overweight for you. Pick the weight between 105 & 144 that feels most comfortable for you. Of course you want that to be lean weight, not adipose. So eat right & exercise.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What;s a healthy weight at 60 vs 40?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Depends upon height: There are tables published of ideal body weight for different heights. You can look up a term called body mass index (bmi) which will determine where you fit in this spectrum. It is a good measure of obesity.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is there a healthy weight to lose 100 lbs?

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Absolutely yes!: Take your time and be patient with the process. Losing a lot of weight will take time and you should likely plan on a few years to accomplish it. Track your calories daily and implement a daily exercise program - target for 30 minutes per day. Use a tracking program such as www.Choosemyplate.Gov to track both and it will help you identify healthy food choices and the right caloric intake.

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