The weight chart for boys and other height and weight links
I made this weight chart for boys in year 2000, and it was from a time when doctors were still using pediatric growth charts from the 1970’s. So when my chart was published on my website, it was new and unique and helpful. Sometime afterward, the CDC published updated growth charts too, and that was a major milestone for them. My charts become obsolete, or so I thought at first.
The thicker red line in the middle is the 50th percentile, (like the average), which indicates that 50% of the population of Boys has Weight heavier than the line, and 50% are lighter. Likewise, the 95th percentile line, (the highest red line), indicates the weight where 95% of the population of Boys is lighter.
But then I gradually discovered that the CDC growth charts have a strange feature. They don’t show the weight of boys as they are now, they shows an idealized weight distribution that resembles the 1970’s. I think they did this with good intentions. Back then, before TV and video games and before crime rose, childen played with each other outdoors.
On the other hand, my charts came from data from a 1988-1994 survey. Admittedly it’s considered somewhat old data now too, but it’s closer to modern reality. So this is where my charts retain some value. If you want to compare a boy’s weight to the 1970s, use the CDC chart. If you want to compare to the early 90s, use my chart.
For an average height for Boys chart, click here.
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Charts for adults male height for men and weight for men charts are available here. These are also interesting, because they not only show the average height of a man, or average weight for men, they also show that adults have a considerably higher prevalence of obesity than children.
The NHANES III survey is the data source for this chart, representing the USA population during 1988 to 1994. The CDC also used this dataset, and several older surveys, to construct the CDC standard pediatric growth charts.
Created by Steven B. Halls, MD, FRCPC and John Hanson, MSc.