What is the healthy weight and body fat percentage for a person whom is 5'5" and i their 50's?

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brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It does depend what gender you are, as men and women carry weight differently, for different reasons and with varied health effects.  We also tend to measure a person's health (due to different people having different frames and metabolisms) in Body Mass Index, or BMI.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (linked below) the formula for calculating BMI is as follows:

Formula: weight (lb) / [height (in)]2 x 703

Calculate BMI by dividing weight in pounds (lbs) by height in inches (in) squared and multiplying by a conversion factor of 703.

Example: Weight = 150 lbs, Height = 5'5" (65")
Calculation: [150 ÷ (65)2] x 703 = 24.96

They also include a chart of what a person's BMI should be:

BMI Weight Status

Below 18.5 = Underweight

18.5 – 24.9 = Normal

25.0 – 29.9 = Overweight

30.0 and Above = Obese

And the weight ranges compared to BMI:

Height Weight Range BMI Weight Status

5' 9"

124 lbs or less Below 18.5 = Underweight

125 lbs to 168 lbs 18.5 to 24.9 = Normal

169 lbs to 202 lbs 25.0 to 29.9 = Overweight

203 lbs or more 30 or higher = Obese

gymexile | Student


in my opinion the empirical use of BMI as gold standard in body mass calculation should be stopped. It is misleading and hence is harmful if taken in the wrong sense, which is most obvious in the present senario where everybody is getting ‘health conscious’ and the resultant wrong applications and advices given by the ‘experts’ to their clients may actually cause them harm.

kdavies18 | Student

It was also depend on how you look and feel your self, although those government statistics give a good guide to what is and isnt healthy.