These days there is a lot of importance, that is placed on the looks and well maintained body. Therefore, it is not uncommon to see people working out in the gym vigorously and paying keen attention to every morsel they consume. However, with all the measures that are being taken, it is important to know the ideal weight for men by age and height, so that one is not underweight or overweight for his height and age. There is an important factor, which comes into play, when one talks about the ideal weight for height. It is the body frame. If you have noticed, some men who will look obese, while there are others who look smaller, although they may have the same weight and height. Therefore, it is important to know the right frame size. Before we turn towards, the ideal weight chart for men by age and height, we will first see how to find the right frame size.

How to Find the Right Frame Size

There are two methods, which can be used for calculating body frame size. The first method is rather an easier method. In this method, the circumference of both the wrist is measured. The measurement, which is higher is used for measuring the frame size. The frame size according to this measurement for men above 5'5" is:
• A person with wrist size between 5.5 inches to 6.5 inches has a smaller frame.
• A person with medium frame will have wrist size between 6.5 inches to 7.5 inches.
• Wrist size more than 7.5 inches means the person has large frame.
However, there are two drawbacks of this method. For one it does not give the frame size for men whose height is less than 5'5". The other drawback is that some people may have larger or smaller wrist size and therefore may not have accurately the said frame size.

Due to the drawbacks of the previous method came up another method for calculating frame size. In this method elbow breadth is taken into consideration. To calculate the frame size keep your arm extended in front of the body. Bend the elbow to make a ninety degree angle, such that the arm and body are parallel to one another. Do not clench your fingers into a fist and keep the palm open. Turn the inner part of the wrist towards the body. Measure the distance between the two bones located on either side of the elbow. Compare the measurements with list given below. The measurements given below are for medium frame person. If the elbow measurements are lesser than the ones given in the chart for your height, then you have a small frame and if the measurements are more, then your body frame size is large.

 Male Elbow Measurement Height Elbow Measurement 5'2" - 5'3" 2 ½" - 2 7/8" 5'4" - 5'7" 2 5/8" - 2 7/8" 5'8" - 5'11" 2 ¾" - 3" 6'0" - 6'3" 2 ¾" - 3 1/8" 6'4" - 6'7" 2 7/8" - 3 ¼"

Ideal Body Weight for Men by Height and Age

Now that we have seen how to measure the body frame, we will turn towards proper weight for height and age. You will now ask how to calculate ideal weight for men. Here is a calculator, which will prove to be of help for the same.
 Ideal Weight for Men by height Height 5'.1"5'.2"5'.3"5'.4"5'.5"5'.6"5'.7"5'.8"5'.9"5'.10"5'.11"6'.0"6'.1"6'.2"6'.3" Body Frame SmallMediumLarge

You can make use of the BMI calculator, once you know your ideal weight in pounds, to know what should your body mass index ideally be. The average weight for men by age is given below in the table. It is important to note that the figures are an average and will change depending on a number of factors. Therefore, it is best to consult your health care professional to find out the accurate weight according to your age.

 Age Weight Chart For Men Age Pounds 20 - 29 years 168 30 - 39 years 179 40 - 49 years 182 50 - 59 years 185 60 - 69 years 184

When you weigh yourself, it is best to use the same set of clothes for the subsequent weighing as well. This will ensure that there is no variation in your weight caused due to change of clothes. It is recommended that a person work towards being fit, instead of being obsessed with the ideal weight. It is of no use even if you have the accurate weight for your height, but you are not healthy. Eat healthy and exercise regularly are the two rules, that you will want to follow to remain fit and in shape.
Bhakti Satalkar
Last Updated: October 11, 2011