The ideal weight calculator is designed for an adult with an average body type. It is not designed for pregnant women.
The ideal weight calculator is not necessarily indicative of your overall health. It does not take into account your frame (for example, the broadness of your shoulders or the size of your pelvis) or your muscle mass. Bodybuilders will often score as overweight or obese because they have more muscle on their bodies, and muscle is heavier than fat.
If you are concerned about your weight, talk to your doctor. For weight loss and fitness information, visit Eat healthy and Get fit.
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Paul Kleeberg, MD, medical director, Internet/Intranet Services, Allina Hospitals & Clinics