Metropolitan Life Height-Weight Tables

Weight Chart for Women

Weight in pounds, based on ages 25-59 with the lowest mortality rate 

(indoor clothing weighing 3 pounds and shoes with 1″ heels)

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HeightSmall Frame Medium Frame Large Frame
4'10" 102-111109-121118-131
4'11" 103-113111-123 120-134
5'0"104-115113-126122-137
5'1"106-118 115-129 125-140
52"108-121118-132128-143
5'3"111-124121-135131-147
5'4"114-127124-138134-151
5'5"117-130127-141137-155
5'6"120-133130-144140-159
5'7"123-136133-147 143-163
5'8"126-139136-150146-167
5'9"129-142 139-153149-170
5'10"132-145142-156152-173
5'11"135-148145-159155-176
6'0"138-151 148-162158-179

Weight Chart for Men

Weight in pounds, based on ages 25-59 with the lowest mortality rate 

(indoor clothing weighing 5 pounds and shoes with 1″ heels)

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HeightSmall Frame Medium Frame Large Frame
4'10" 102-111109-121118-131
4'11" 103-113111-123 120-134
5'0"104-115113-126122-137
5'1"106-118 115-129 125-140
52"108-121118-132128-143
5'3"111-124121-135131-147
5'4"114-127124-138134-151
5'5"117-130127-141137-155
5'6"120-133130-144140-159
5'7"123-136133-147 143-163
5'8"126-139136-150146-167
5'9"129-142 139-153149-170
5'10"132-145142-156152-173
5'11"135-148145-159155-176
6'0"138-151 148-162158-179

*Ideal Weights according to the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company tables (1983)

Calculating Your Frame Size

Following is the method the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company used to calculate frame size:

1.Extend your arm in front of your body bending your elbow at a ninety degree angle to your body so that your forearm is parallel to your body.

2.Keep your fingers straight and turn the inside of your wrist towards your body.

3.Place your thumb and index finger on the two prominent bones on either side of your elbow, then measure the distance between the bones with a tap measure or calipers.

4.Compare to the chart below. The chart lists elbow measurements for a medium frame – if your elbow measurement for that particular height is less than the number of inches listed, you are a small frame—if your elbow measurement for that particular height is more than the number of inches listed, your are a large frame.

Elbow Measurements for Medium Frame

MenElbow WidthWomenElbow Width
5'2" - 5'3"2-1/2" to 2-7/8"4'10"-4'11"2-1/4" to 2-1/2"
5'4" - 5'7"2-5/8" to 2-7/8"5'0" - 5'3"2-1/4" to 2-1/2"
5'8" - 5'112-3/4" to 3"5'4" - 5'7"2-3/8" to 2-5/8"
6'0" - 6'3"2-3/4" to 3-1/8"5/8" - 5'11"2-3/8" to 2-5/8"
6'4" 2-7/8" to 3-1/4"2-7/8" to 3-1/4"6'0"2-1/2" to 2-3/4