Desirable Body Weight

Ideal body weight (IDW)/desirable body weight (DBW) are terms used by the insurance companies to describe weights that are associated with least mortality.

Ideal body weight (IDW)/desirable body weight (DBW) can be calculated by using:

BROCA’S INDEX:

IBW FOR ADULT MALES = Height in Centimeters minus 100

IBW FOR ADULT FEMALES = (Height in Centimeters minus 100) minus 10 % of (Height in centimeters minus 100)

SECOND FORMULA FOR IBW:

IBW FOR ADULT MALES = Height in meter square X 23 X 1.1

IBW FOR ADULT FEMALES = Height in meter square X 23

Table of IBW of Female & Male

Height in InchesHeight in MetersIBW for FemalesIBW for Males
51.525358.5
5′ 1″1.555560.7
5′ 1-1/2″1.565661.5
5′ 2″1.5756.662
5′ 2-1/2″1.5857.563
5′ 3″1.658.865
5′ 3-1/2″1.6159.565.5
5′ 4″1.626066
5′ 4-1/2″1.636167
5′ 5″1.6562.569
5′ 5-1/2″1.666370
5′ 6″1.676470.5
5′ 6-1/2″1.6965.572
5′ 7″1.766.573
5′ 7-1/2″1.716774
5′ 8″1.726875
5′ 8-1/2″1.7469.576.5
5′ 9″1.7570.577.5
5′ 9-1/2″1.767178
5′ 10″1.777279
5′ 10-1/2″1.7973.581
5′ 11″1.874.582
5′ 11-1/2″1.817583
5′ 12″1.827684

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