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What is a healthy weight for my height?

The body mass index (BMI) calculation is the easiest way to get an idea of a healthy weight for your height.  The calculation is:
[weight in pounds ÷ inches squared] × 703 = BMI
A healthy BMI score is between 19 and 24.9. 
We can reverse the calculation in order to calculate a healthy weight range:
o First square your height in inches.  Then multiply be 0.027 (this number comes from a BMI of 19 divided by 703).  This is the lower end of your healthy weight range.
o Then take your height in inches squared and multiply by 0.0354 (calculated using a BMI of 24.9 divided by 703).  This will give you the high end of your healthy weight range.
Example for a 5’6” person (66 inches):
66 x 66 = 4356.
4356 x 0.027 = 117.7
4356 x 0.0354 = 154.2
o The healthy weight range for this person is 117.7 – 154.2 pounds.

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