Recent Findings on Senior’s Healthy Weight Charts and BMI Range

What if I told you that maintaining a healthy range of BMI for seniors is their greatest chance of reducing the risk of death and major health problems? You may ask, what is BMI? 

BMI, better to say your best bet to live longer, measures body fat based on height and weight. It simply indicates whether you are underweight, have a healthy weight, excess weight, or obesity.

According to recent findings in 2022, the unhealthy BMI range and death stats are directly related. People underweight with a BMI under 18.5 have a 1.8-times greater chance of dying than those with a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9. For those obese (BMI of 30-34.9) and severely obese (BMI of 35 or greater), the risk of death is 1.2 times higher.

These recent findings have made many seniors aware that a proper BMI range is vital to their health. Therefore, we strongly recommend measuring your BMI right now and seeing if you are within a normal range; it will only take a few minutes.  

Note: the BMI for seniors is different from that of adults and the ranges you find on many websites. Today’s article on Living Maples will discuss BMI specifically for seniors, and review the weight chart for seniors female weight chart for seniors males by age and height. 

How to Calculate BMI for Seniors

In the traditional way of calculating your BMI, you would have to do the math yourself:

[BMI = Weight (kg) / [height (m) x Height (m)]

Age

Female

Male

Height (cm)

Weight (kg)

 

 
As you see, BMI is determined by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. You’re right; sometimes, math formulas are tricky and confusing! However, the good news is that we have made things easier for you. Our newly released app, Silvers BMI Calculator, lets you track and evaluate your BMI based on the relevant information on your body weight, height, age and sex in less than a minute! This app will provide you with all the necessary and helpful health, exercise, and nutrition tips. More importantly, by using this app, you can easily find out if your BMI is within the healthy range or not. Therefore, Hurry up. Track your BMI and stay healthy!

 

 

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The Effects of BMI on Seniors

Although it has a simple formula and is easy to calculate, our BMI can profoundly affect us. Higher BMI makes us susceptible to heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, etc. These issues are not just for seniors; they apply to all age groups. 

Hence, one can posit a direct relationship between BMI and seniors’ health factors. These findings have led some experts to suggest a BMI between 25 and 27 for seniors. Below you can compare the BMI of adults and seniors. 

Category BMI Range for Adults BMI Range for seniors
Underweight <18.5 <23
Normal 18.5 – 24.9 23 – 30
Overweight 25 – 29.9 > 31
Obese >30  
BMI range for adults and seniors

As you can notice, the “normal” for older adults (23-30) is in the “overweight” category in the standard BMI table for adults.

BMI for seniors: A senior man eating a burger on couch and watching T.V

The difference between adults’ and seniors’ BMI can lead to various suggestions regarding maintaining a healthy weight. Since the range of 25-29.9 is considered overweight for adults, most of the time, the elderly are advised to lose weight if they have a BMI in this range, which is inaccurate. It is worth noting that seniors’ weight loss can lead to muscle loss since they have less muscle mass than their younger counterparts. Hence, encouraging weight loss to reach a “normal” weight based on the standard BMI ranges for adults (18.5-24.9) can increase the risk of mortality and poor health outcomes in seniors. So, it is necessary to stop persuading seniors to lose weight while having a normal BMI.

Below, you can see the weight chart for senior females and the ideal weight is for you.

Weight Chart for Senior Females

Height (feet & inches) Weight (lbs) Height (centimetres)
  Small Frame Medium Frame Large Frame  
4′ 10″ 102-111 109-121 118-131 147cm
4′ 11″ 103-113 111-123 120-134 150 cm
5′ 104-115 113-126 122-137 152 cm
5′ 1″ 106-118 115-129 125-140 155 cm
5′ 2″ 108-121 118-132 128-143 157 cm
5′ 3″ 111-124 121-135 131-147 160 cm
5′ 4″ 114-127 124-138 134-151 162 cm
5′ 5″ 117-130 127-141 137-155 165 cm
5′ 6″ 120-133 130-144 140-159 167 cm
5′ 7″ 123-136 133-147 143-163 170 cm
5′ 8″ 126-139 136-150 146-167 172 cm
5′ 9″ 129-142 139-153 149-170 175 cm
5′ 10″ 132-145 142-156 152-173 178 cm
5′ 11″ 135-148 145-159 155-176 180 cm
6′ 0″ 138-151 148-162 158-179 183 cm

Do you need to know the ideal weight of a 70 years old man calculated from different heights? Use this table to check if you’re the right weight for your height.

Weight Chart for Senior Males

by Age and Height

Height (feet & inches) Weight (lbs) Height (centimetres)
  Small Frame Medium Frame Large Frame  
5′ 2″ 128-134 131-141 138-150 157 cm
5′ 3″ 130-136 133-143 140-153 160 cm
5′ 4″ 132-138 135-145 142-156 162 cm
5′ 5″ 134-140 137-148 144-160 165 cm
5′ 6″ 136-142 139-151 146-164 167 cm
5′ 7″ 138-145 142-154 149-168 170 cm
5′ 8″ 140-148 145-157 152-172 172 cm
5′ 9″ 142-151 148-160 155-176 175 cm
5′ 10″ 144-154 151-163 158-180 178 cm
5′ 11″ 146-157 154-166 161-184 180 cm
6′ 0″ 149-160 157-170 164-188 183 cm
6′ 1″ 152-164 160-174 168-192 185 cm
6′ 2″ 155-168 164-178 172-197 188 cm
6′ 3″ 155-168 164-178 172-197 190 cm
6′ 4″ 162-176 171-187 181-207 195 cm

Does BMI Increase with Age?

BMI incorporates weight and height for adults ages 20 years and older, but it does not take age or sex into account.
A woman having the same BMI often has more body fat than a man. Similarly, people over the age of 65 tend to have a greater percentage of body fat than people under 35.
Due to these reasons, BMI may not provide the detail needed to determine whether a person’s weight is healthy.

Potential Dangers of Low BMI for Seniors

An extensive study was conducted on seniors’ BMI, and the results were published in 2014 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The study compared the effects of low and high BMI on seniors’ health and the mortality rate. The results were quite shocking. Contrary to popular belief, being underweight increases the risk of death for seniors over the age of 65, but being overweight does not.
Several studies found that low BMI (underweight) at age 65 led to poor health and shorter life expectancy. Being overweight or obese at 65 was only rarely linked to worse health outcomes or lower life expectancy than those at a healthy weight at age 65.
It is interesting to note that, generally, seniors who were overweight or obese enjoyed better health than seniors with a lower BMI. However, it does not mean seniors should gain weight to enjoy better health.

Challenges and Health Risks of an Unhealthy BMI

As stated earlier, though having a higher BMI is not as dangerous as being underweight, it doesn’t endorse that seniors should ignore excess weight. Being overweight poses several dangers for seniors, including blood pressure, stroke, osteoarthritis, and breathing disorders. It is challenging to choose an ideal BMI or weight range for seniors over 65; however, it is essential to ensure that seniors are not losing weight due to an illness or poor nutrition, which can cause severe damage to their health.
Losing weight and entering the “underweight” category of BMI make seniors susceptible to various illnesses and decrease recovery from illness.

Maintaining an Ideal BMI for Seniors

We should remember that the ideal BMI is not the same for everyone, and several factors influence the target BMI. For instance, seniors with diabetes should lose weight, but losing weight for seniors suffering from conditions such as anemia may be life-threatening.

Generally, ageing comes with health issues, changes in activity level, and metabolic changes, making it challenging to maintain a healthy BMI. Hence, asking a nutritionist to set specific caloric goals for you is essential. It is also necessary to take mineral and vitamin supplements suitable for seniors to have better health while maintaining the ideal weight.

Recognizing and correcting any weight loss in seniors is vital before it becomes a significant problem. Weight loss also indicates that you are not achieving your age’s ideal dietary goals or having a health issue that needs immediate attention. 

Tips on Reducing the BMI of Seniors

Since seniors’ BMI is measured only by weight and height, one must lose weight to reduce BMI. You can reduce your BMI by following these steps:

Better Food Choices

Low-calorie, high-fibre foods such as fruits and vegetables, beans, and whole grains can help you lose weight. According to the USDA, variety, nutrient density, and the amount consumed per meal are essential in weight loss. It is best to reduce the amount of sugar, unhealthy fats, and salt in your diet to maintain your health. In general, limit your salt intake to 2,300 mg and sugar and processed fats to less than 10% of your total daily calorie intake.

BMI for seniors

Regular Exercise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as walking). It also advises 75 minutes of strenuous aerobic exercise (such as cycling, swimming, running, or brisk walking) per week. Furthermore, to improve your health, you can increase the duration of moderate-intensity aerobic activity to 300 minutes or intense aerobic exercise to 150 minutes per week.

Enough Sleep

Seniors need seven to nine hours of sleep a day. Chronic sleep deprivation or poor sleep quality can increase high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity. In general, one can say that elderly sleep disorders and obesity are directly related.

Stress and Anxiety Management

Stress is indispensable, and not all stress is harmful. But acute stress puts pressure on the body. It increases the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. Stress management techniques, including regular exercise, yoga, meditation, emotional support from friends and family, and talking to a counsellor, can reduce seniors’ BMI.

Final Words

Getting to your target BMI can be more challenging as you age due to health issues, changes in activity, medications, and altered metabolism. If you want advice about caloric goals or need vitamin and mineral supplements, a nutrition specialist can help.
The key is to recognize weight loss as soon as it occurs and to take steps to stop before getting worth it. If you are experiencing weight loss, it could be because you are not meeting the ideal dietary goals for your age group or due to a health concern that merits investigation.

FAQ

What is a healthy BMI for seniors?

Generally, the ideal BMI range for seniors is between 25-27. 

How to measure BMI for seniors?

You need to divide your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. Or you can download Silvers BMI Calculator app and let it do the math for you, which is easier. 

What is the best BMI for a senior woman?

The best BMI for seniors might differ depending on every woman’s condition. But it is suggested that women over 65 keep their BMI at 25-27 or slightly higher. 

How much should a 70-year-old woman weigh?

The ideal weight depends on your height. It’s best to check the healthy weight chart for senior females above and target the ideal weight for you. 

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Emily
Emily
1 year ago

Very useful. I have seen many seniors trying to lose weight according to the standards set for younger adults. This can be seriously harmful to some of them, so I’m glad to see such articles trying to educate our seniors and make them aware of the weight standards especially set for them.

Houriya
Houriya
Reply to  Emily
10 months ago

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Last edited 10 months ago by Houriya
Rebeca
Rebeca
1 year ago

I calculated my BMI range, and it’s 25. but I’m obviously not fit. I’m 59, and I feel even heavier than when I was pregnant with my twins. The worst thing is, even though my BMI is normal, I know I have very little muscle mass. 

Roger
Roger
Reply to  Rebeca
1 year ago

Do you work out? I’m sure an exercise routine and a healthy diet can give you a more muscular body, plus you’re going to feel better. I recommend seeing a professional trainer and a nutritionist. 

Sharon
Sharon
1 year ago

Thank you. I really appreciate the calculator. I think it’s very important to choose our diet and watch our daily food intake based on our bodies. I honestly think getting in shape is an art you need to master and a subject you need to research and study.

john
john
1 year ago

I used to think the lower BMI for seniors (of course in the normal range), the healthier they are. But, reading this article gives me a brighter insight into how low BMI can be potentially dangerous for seniors. I think I should stop excessive losing weight 🙂

Loretta
Loretta
Reply to  john
1 year ago

I don’t believe a set of numbers, and some formula should matter as long as you are healthy. I’ve always been skinny, even though I work out and eat at least four healthy meals daily. I don’t think I should be worried about something called the bmi range!

Lisa Green
Lisa Green
Reply to  Loretta
1 year ago

If you are healthy and get your checkups regularly, I guess you are right. But I think it’s best to consult your doctor or physiotherapist. BMI is an important factor, especially as we get older.

Mateo
Mateo
1 year ago

I disagree with this article because I know one of my friends with high BM!, because he always eats fatty foods such as fast foods or red meat! But he didn’t have any problem with his health! even he didn’t have a problem with his heart or blood pressure. I think if we have a fun lifestyle, we never face health troubles.

Mila
Mila
Reply to  Mateo
1 year ago

Health problems don’t show themselves instantly, my friend. I hope your friend stays fine all the time but what about when he’s 50 years old? Would he still have no health issues if he keeps his unhealthy diet by then? Just because something affects us slowly, it doesn’t mean it has no negative effects.

Natalie
Natalie
8 months ago

Something I learned from my doctor is that folks over 65 should maintain a BMI of 25–27, rather than the “you’re fat at 25.000001” number.
Weighing too little is more harmful to the elderly. This is a healthcare challenge for seniors since the cult of youth constantly tries to drag us into their jogging, exercising, cleansing ranks.
Oh, another thing. It’s best to enter your height at the tallest in your lifetime. You’re just as tall now as you were then…but your spinal column is squished. I’ve lost 2 inches, and I’m now claiming them back again!

Jay
Jay
8 months ago

The adult BMI scale is based only on height and weight, not age or even gender!
BMI alone cannot determine if a person’s weight is healthy, but it can offer a more comprehensive picture when combined with other signs.
The only measurement to be concerned with is your body fat percentage. My BMI has never been standard as a muscular person, even at 8% body fat. BMI is an insurance company construct and has little correlation to health.

Lucas
Lucas
8 months ago

My doctor never used BMI. It’s inaccurate. You can get a scale with sensors in it that give you a spot-on percentage of your body’s fat. She gave me a target weight and demanded that I go to physiotherapy to get me into minimum shape, then made me work with a stationary bike and weight machines three times a week.
It took about a year and eating good food, but in the end, I was very near the weight I had in college….I felt better than I had in years, and all my blood numbers moved the right way.

Last edited 8 months ago by Lucas
harry
harry
7 months ago

I couldn’t be less interested in this BMI talk…as if life isn’t hard enough already!
We should be as active as we want to be, as well as our abilities allow us to be active!
Some of us have no physical issues whatsoever and are still capable of doing everything we have always been able to do.
Nobody has the right to tell an older person how active they should or should not be. Plus, BMI doesn’t really give an accurate muscle to fat ratio…live your life in peace, be happy.