Clothes, accessories and makeup enhance your beauty only when you have a perfect body. Excessive weight, abnormal fat deposition not only hamper your looks but also lead to several health problems. It is a good sign that more and more people are becoming health conscious. 'Calorie' has become a buzzword in the society. Overweight people are always found looking for an easy weight loss diet. Not only women but men are also crazy about perfect body shape. Men are interested in achieving '6-pack abs' while women are interested in achieving an 'hourglass shaped body'; where the width of the bust is almost similar to that of the hips (with an amazingly narrow waist).

Every woman cannot have the ideal body measurement, 36"-24"-36". But while trying to look more attractive, you should opt for healthy weight loss or weight gain. Your height, weight, amount of fat and distribution of fat determine whether you would look slim and sexy. Those who are interested in getting perfect curves at perfect places may refer to the body measurement charts, presented below.

Normal Body Fat Percentage for Women

Before calculating an ideal weight for your age and height, you should measure the body fat percentage and the body mass index (BMI) first. You may find a body fat percentage chart displayed in a doctor's clinic. You can easily measure your body fat with calipers.
  • Having 21 to 24% body fat indicates physical fitness.
  • Female athletes have 14 to 20% body fat.
BMI Based Body Measurement Chart for Women

You need to calculate your body mass index which helps you know whether you are overweight or underweight. The body mass index is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters square. You can refer to the following charts and then decide how much weight you need to lose or gain.

BMI 18.5 to 25Normal or optimal weight
BMI > 25Overweight
BMI < 18.5Underweight
BMI < 17.5Extremely underweight
BMI = 30 or BMI > 30Obese
BMI = 40 or BMI > 40Morbid obesity

Average Height and Weight Chart for Teenage Girls

AgeAverage Height in InchesAverage Weight in Pound
12 - 13 years 60 - 6395 - 105
14 - 15 years 63 - 64105 - 115
16 - 17 years 64115 - 120
18 - 20 years 64125 - 130

Average Height and Weight Chart for Adult Women

Height and Weight Chart for Women*
* - Given weight is in Pounds

Average Age and Weight Chart for Average American Women

Age and Weight Chart for Women
20 - 29132
30 - 39144
40 - 49149
50 - 59158
60 - 69152

Waist Measurement Chart for Women
The measurements may vary slightly from country to country or from race to race, as human genetics plays an important role in a person's body shape. It should be kept in mind that hormones, especially women's sex hormones determine the fat distribution on their body. A woman's body undergoes various important phases such as puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. Still, women can always opt for a balanced diet and proper exercises to have a perfect female body. Here is the waist measurement chart for women.

HeightIdeal WaistlineWaist to Height %
5'2"- 3"24 - 25"39.5
5'3"- 4"25 - 25.3"39.5
5'5"25 - 25.5"39.5
5'9"- 10"27.3"39.5
5'11" - 6"28"39.5

Waist to Hip Ratio
You can also calculate your waist-hip ratio (WHR) by dividing your waist measurement by hip measurement. Studies show that the WHR of women of any build strongly influences the perception of physical attractiveness across all creeds and cultures. Studies show that the most attractive women (according to men!) are those who have 0.7 WHR (waist circumference is 70% of the hip circumference). Do you know that super stars Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and the Venus de Milo had WHRs around 0.7?

It is good to refer to a body measurement chart; but you should be happy with yourself, if you are healthy. There is no need to follow someone else to set your standard of beauty. Attractiveness depends only partly on the appearance. No matter how pretty and skinny you are, if you don't have a beautiful mind, no one would be happy in your company. There is no hard and fast rule about the perfect body measurement for women. For a man, who has eyes to see, a skinny or fat girl can be just as breathtakingly beautiful as a popular model. Women want a perfect shape because it gives them great satisfaction. But being healthy is more important than looking gorgeous.