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January 5, 2010, last updated February 10, 2013
By Arthur Stevens, Contributing Columnist and Susan M.
Callahan, Health Editor

[Health and fitness articles are reviewed by our team of
Registered Nurses, Certified fitness trainers and other
members of our Editorial Board.]



Unquestionably, we Americans are getting heavier. According
to the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney
Diseases (a part of the National Institutes of Health), 64.1% of
all adult women in the US are overweight. What should you
weigh for your height? Is there an ideal weight for a woman to
optimize health?  And what is the actual average weight for
American women?


How American Women Compare with Others

How do we American women compare in weight to other
women around the world?  Let’s look at European women. In
2009, France's National Institute of Demographic Studies
conducted a survey of weight and body mass index numbers
across Europe.  The survey, led by Thibaut de Saint Poly ,
found that among European women, French women are the
thinnest, with an average
BMI of 23.2.  At the other end of the
scale, British women are the heaviest, with an average BMI of
26.2.  Most experts agree that a healthy BMI is between 18.5
and 24.9.

In comparison, the average BMI of American women  is about
26.3 for women in their 30’s, 27 for women in their 40’s and
about 28 for women between age 50 and 74, according to a
report by the Centers of Disease Control in 2002. In other
words, the smallest American women (26.3 BMI) have the
same BMI as the largest average European women, the British.



The ideal weight for women is a question that medical
authorities and researchers have tried to answer for decades.
Based upon your risk for developing a range of diseases such
as
diabetes and heart disease, researchers and health
authorities such as the American Medical Association and the
Centers for Disease Control, have established a range of 18 to
25
body mass index (BMI) as the ideal range of weight to
avoid premature death and
diabetes or heart disease.


This chart gives you your ideal weight, based on your height.
The first column gives you your weight based upon a BMI of
22, the exact middle of the recommendations of medical
authorities. The next column gives you the "low" figure for
your weight and the final column gives you the "maximum" you
should weigh for your height.

































































Compared to the ideal weight, the actual weight of the
American woman is far from ideal. The Centers for Disease
Control estimates that the average American woman is
approximately 5'4" and weighs 162 pounds, more than 17
pounds over the maximum recommended by medical
authorities. What's more, compared to women in 1960, women
in America in 2002 were 29 pounds heavier on average.

The keys to achieving your ideal weight are no mysteries --diet
and exercise.  At the end of this article, we have listed other
articles on our site which can help you to understand which
foods can help you to achieve and maintain your ideal weight
and small changes you can make in your daily life to become
more active.

Update:

But, based on all studies thus far, the most effective single
thing you can do to lose weight is to add more liquid volume to
your food. Drink soups in winter. In the summer, add low
calories smoothies to your diet each day. The trick is to eat the
liquidy foods before you eat a normal meal such as lunch. This
practice is called "pre-loading" and studies have found that
people who pre-load with liquids eat about 12% less in calories
per day. (Read more about
tips to help you eat less.)



































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Selected Sources:
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/04news/americans.htm
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