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Average weight chart and average weight for men by age

Notice on the Men’s Weight Chart – that the average weight for men is changing with age.

First thing you notice, besides the colors, is the curves in the men’s weight chart, showing men are gradually gaining weight until their early 50’s, and then the average weight for men gradually declines. This is nature, natural and healthy.

Talking Moose Talking Moose
The average weight for men is around 180 pounds.


 
 
average weight for men chart

Megan Megan
Did the Doc just say getting heavier is healthy?


Hector Hector
Um, something about nature.


Dr. Halls Dr. Halls
I had to wait a decade for science to catch up, to what I’ve believed all along. Now research has proved that men and women who gained weight into the BMI of 25 to 30 range when they reach age 50, are healthiest with the longest lives.


 
 

The chart above is for “White” race/ethnicity. Male Weight charts of other race/ethnic groups are: White, Black, Hispanic, or Other. * The "Race-Ethnicity" categories.

Billy Billy
Are other races different?


Dr. Halls Dr. Halls
Some minor differences of fat and muscle, but the weight curves shapes are similar all around the world.


 
 

Also see the Height Chart for Men of "White" race/ethnicity. Your Ideal Weight, and your Body Mass Index for men here. There is even a page with a Mens body mass index chart.

Talking Moose Talking Moose
Better explain the red lines on the chart.


Billy Billy
I’m not listening. I hate charts.


 
 

The red lines in the chart above show "percentiles".  The thick red line in the middle is the 50th percentile, which indicates that 50% of the population of Men have Weight heavier than the line, and 50% are lighter.  Similarly, the highest red line, the 95th percentile line, indicates the weight where 95% of the male population is lighter.

Talking Moose Talking Moose
Hate is a strong word, that I only use for things I dislike.


David David
The thick red line on the chart, is Average.


Betty Betty
Any charts for women?


 
 

Charts for average weight for women and average height for women are also available. See the chart index for a whole set. Charts for average height for boys and average weight for boys are available here.  These are also interesting, because they not only show the average height of children, they also show that the tendency to develop obesity in adult life often begins in childhood.

The data source for this chart is the NHANES III survey, conducted in America during 1988 to 1994

Levi Levi
Tell me in Numbers, not charts, about weights.


 
 

How heavy is the national average weight of men in America?

The average male American men’s weight is somewhere between 76 to 84 kilograms, depending on age. ( for white males*).

Dr. Halls Dr. Halls
Average weight, according to your age, is in the table below.


 
 

Age: 20 to 29 years 30 to 39 years 40 to 49 years 50 to 59 years 60 to 69 years
Kilograms

76
81.3
82.6
84
83.5
Pounds
168
179
182
185
184

These are the "median" (50th percentile) weights, which are very close to-, but not exactly "average".

Created by Steven B. Halls, MD, FRCPC and John Hanson, MSc.

Hector Hector
Why does the CDC website say that men’s average weight is higher? They say 195.5 pounds.


Dr. Halls Dr. Halls
Politics.


 
 

The CDC can make the average become a higher number, by being tricky. They can include all the super-obese people into the arithmetic. There are people out there who weight 700 pounds, or more, and they can skew the average. My tables do the better thing, by using the MEDIAN result, and telling you it’s AVERAGE.

The reason that I think there is politics, is because the CDC wants people to worry about an epidemic of fatness. They want to show a high level of fatness, and a low standard to compare to, so that the majority of the population is called overweight. The academics in overweight science, want funding for bigger and bigger research studies.

By the way, this isn’t unique to obesity. Any disease that gets a lot of mainstream TV coverage, and millions raised by organized fundraising, has the same incentives to make their disease into an epidemic.

To prove my point, I’m sure you’ve heard of the statistic that over 50% of the population is overweight. But you probably haven’t heard that being so-called overweight in your 50’s is the healthiest. Here’s the articles that prove it:

  1. Halls SB, Review of articles on body mass index associations with obesity and mortality

What about weight loss and dieting?

I would encourage you to use my Body Mass Index calculator, or Ideal Weight calculator (the links are halfway up this page).

On the topic of dieting, it is WELL KNOWN that diets work temporarily. Here is a chart of my own diet from 1999 to 2002. You can see there is rapid weight loss, followed by gradual weight gain. Then the same pattern repeated when I did another successful diet in 2012, and regained in 2014.

personal weight chart

My point. There are times in your life when you MUST diet. It happens for health reasons, or wanting love and romance. During those times, go for it, enjoy the feeling of success and achievement and empowerment. And when you regain later, or see others regain later, accept that too, as part of being human.

Tanya Tanya
But don’t you think some people are too fat?


Brittany Brittany
Obesity is ugly.


Dr. Halls Dr. Halls
Definitely. In my job as a radiologist, I see people die every day because their obesity led to diabetes, heart attacks and heart failure, and a long list like that. I just don’t believe in exaggerating problems or oversimplifying.


 
 

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