Moose & Doc's Ideal Weight calculator



Please enter your Weight, Height, Age and Gender, then Click the Calculate Button.


View the Calculation Results Below:

Peoples Choice Ideal Weight

This shows the average weight that other people of your Age, Height, Weight and Gender would describe as their ideal weight.

Click to learn about this particular Ideal Weight calculation.


Medical Recommendation:


This recommendation is based on a Body Mass Index (BMI) range of 19-25.

Medical evidence suggests that all body weights within this range are reasonably equally healthy (for people of your height). Outside this range, health risks may occur.

Your current Body Mass Index is kg/m2

Click to learn more about medical BMI recommendations


Use a combination of the above results, to set your own personal goal.


Other results are described below for completeness, but they aren't recommended.

Metropolitan Life Tables: 

for frame size: 

This range was taken from the Height and Weight look-up tables created by the Metropolitan Life Insurance company in 1979.

The use of the Met Life tables is very prevalent on the internet, Most websites label them incorrectly as an "ideal" range. However, the values are too large for short people, and laughably wrong for tall people. They have no Age modifiers, and the definition of frame size is too hard to understand.

Click to see problems with Met life ideal weight tables.

Other IBW formulas

Dr. BJ Devine created formulas in 1974. Dr. JD Robinson and Dr. DR Miller modified the formulas slightly in 1983.


The Devine formulas were initially developed to set certain medication doses based on body weight and height.

I suggest you use the Devine formula if you are a man or use the Robinson formula if you are a woman.



Changing subject from Ideal Weight, I want to introduce you to the Talking Moose.

The Moose is my software, a 3D talking character for your computer.

Please click to visit: the Talking Moose project website.


Questions and Answers

What is the difference between an ideal body weight and a healthy body weight?

Well, very simply the Halls ideal body weight calculator actually shows what other people the same age, gender, weight and height as you would describe as their personal ideal weight. This does not necessarily mean that this is the most healthy weight for you personally as most people tend to want to be a lot thinner or lighter than is realistic for them. Your personal ideal weight can also double up as your goal weight if you are looking to lose pounds.

To take into account other factors that are also important, such as your body type, body frame (whether you have a large or small frame) and body fat percentage as opposed to muscle mass. An additional important factor is waist circumference, or the amount of abdominal fat (belly fat) that you are carrying. So, you could be at your ideal weight but have a large amount of abdominal fat and a low muscle mass compared to body fat and this would still increase your risk factors for certain diseases.



Are there any other ways of assessing if you are in a Healthy Weight Range?

The most commonly used and traditional assessment of your ideal weight range is Body Mass Index (BMI). The bmi calculation is based on the mathematical formula of your body weight in kilograms divided by your height in metres squared. Dr. Halls amazing body mass index calculator also takes into account your age and gender. You can also use your weight in pounds and height in feet and inches if you prefer. This bmi calculator shows how you compare to others of the same age and height. To calculate your bmi simply click HERE.

Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements, although controversial are still used as a screening tool to assess if you are ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’ If you have a high bmi it does increase your likelihood of developing certain diseases such as type diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and even some cancers.



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