When it comes to figuring out the answer to the question "What is my ideal weight?" you can blame Hollywood for setting a poor example.
From stick-thin leading ladies who barely weigh 100 pounds (making those implants look even more ridiculous), to male hunks without an ounce of fat on their taut bodies, the movie biz answer to your question is: "Not very much".
We're bombarded with the images of these so-called perfect bodies on movie screens and TV - and for those stars who might be a few pounds over when it comes to the magazine publicity shots there's the convenient instant diet of electronic airbrushing.
So where does that leave us flabby folk in the real world?
A lot better off, actually.
We don't have to starve ourselves or embark on some crazy crash diet for an upcoming movie shoot - like one female star who who apparently dropped 20 pounds in a matter of days on a liquid diet ahead of her latest movie role.
Still, the vast majority of us do want to look good on the beach, at our cousin's wedding or for our significant other. More importantly, we want to be the healthiest weight we can. Being overweight or obese can lead to serious, life-shortening health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes.
The good news is that we're not talking about a few extra pounds here and there, but a lot of extra fat. On women it shows up around the hips and thighs. On men it's most obvious in a big belly.
Remember, those glamorous people up on the movie theater screen or on the cover of the entertainment magazines are far from being average - your doctor or health provider is the best person to tell you if your current weight is a problem. For example, if you work out regularly or are an athlete or body builder with ripping abs all that heavier-than-fat muscle could make you technically "overweight"!!
For a rough guide to discovering your ideal weight/height ratio before you embark on a diet, check out the following chart. The numbers are a composite average for women and men of medium build, aged 25-60. Allow 3-5 pounds for clothes.
Ideal Weight Chart
4 feet 10 inches: Ideal weight 110-126 pounds. Overweight up to 145 pounds. Obese over 145 pounds.
4 feet 11 inches: Ideal weight 112-130 pounds. Overweight up to 150 pounds. Obese over 150 pounds.
5 feet: Ideal weight 114-134 pounds. Overweight up to 155 pounds. Obese over 155 pounds.
5 feet 1 inches: Ideal weight 117-138 pounds. Overweight up to 160 pounds. Obese over 160 pounds.
5 feet 2 inches: Ideal weight 120-142 pounds. Overweight up to 165 pounds. Obese over 165 pounds.
5 feet 3 inches: Ideal weight 123-145 pounds. Overweight up to 170 pounds. Obese over 170 pounds.
5 feet 4 inches: Ideal weight 125-149 pounds. Overweight up to 175 pounds. Obese over 175 pounds.
5 feet 5 inches: Ideal weight 128-153 pounds. Overweight up to 180 pounds. Obese over 180 pounds.
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