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