Metropolitan Life Height and Weight Chart

Height/Weight Chart

Please Note: These tables range on the low side of average weights for height and are included here only for the purpose of identifying women who are sufficiently underweight at the start of pregnancy to need additional foods on a daily basis to meet the nutritional needs of pregnancy. These charts were created to show those weights for women associated with long-term survival and were not created to show weights for women associated with optimal reproductive outcome.

WEIGHT TABLE FOR WOMEN BASED ON FRAME SIZE

Height
Feet Inches
Small
Frame
Medium
Frame
Large
Frame
4′ 10″ 102-111 109-121 118-131
4′ 11″ 103-113 111-123 120-134
5′ 0″ 104-115 113-126 122-137
5′ 1″ 106-118 115-129 125-140
5′ 2″ 108-121 118-132 128-143
5′ 3″ 111-124 121-135 131-147
5′ 4″ 114-127 124-138 134-151
5′ 5″ 117-130 127-141 137-155
5′ 6″ 120-133 130-144 140-159
5′ 7″ 123-136 133-147 143-163
5′ 8″ 126-139 136-150 146-167
5′ 9″ 129-142 139-153 149-170
5′ 10″ 132-145 142-156 152-173
5′ 11″ 135-148 145-159 155-176
6′ 0″ 138-151 148-162 158-179
Weights at ages 25-59 based on lowest mortality. Weight in pounds according to frame (in indoor clothing weighing 3 lbs.; shoes with 1″ heels)

FRAME SIZE

Metropolitan Life used Elbow Breadth measurements to determine Frame Size. Here are their instructions:

Bend forearm upward at a 90 degree angle. Keep fingers straight and turn the inside of your wrist toward your body. Place thumb and index finger of other hand on the two prominent bones on either side of the elbow. Measure space between your fingers on a ruler.(A physician would use a caliper.) Compare with tables below listing elbow measurements for medium-framed women. Measurements lower than those listed indicate small frame. Higher measurements indicate large frame.

ELBOW MEASUREMENTS
FOR MEDIUM FRAME WOMEN

Height in 1″ heels Elbow Breadth
4′10″-4′11″ 2 1/4″-2 1/2″
5′0″-5′3″ 2 1/4″-2 1/2″
5′4″-5′7″ 2 3/8″-2 5/8″
5′8″-5′11″ 2 3/8″-2 5/8″
6′0″ 2 1/2″-2 3/4″

Source: Metropolitan Life height/weight charts, revised 1983. See http://www.metlife.com

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