The most commonly used method of assessing weight today is the Body Mass Index (BMI). This number is based upon the relationship of your weight to your height. The ideal BMI is 22 and is associated with the lowest chance of dying (mortality rate). Your mortality rate rises if your BMI moves in either direction.

So, how much should you weigh? A good rule of thumb is the following:

#### For a Woman:

You get 100 pounds for the first 5 feet of height + 5 pounds for each inch over 5 feet. If you are less than 5 feet then subtract 5 pounds for each inch.

Example for a woman who is 5’6″ =

First 5 feet = 100 pounds
6 inches over 5 feet = 6 × 5 = 30 pounds
100 pounds + 30 pounds = 130 pounds

#### For a Man:

You get 106 pounds for the first 5 feet of height + 6 pounds for each inch over 5 feet.

Example for a man who is 5’10” =

First 5 feet = 106 pounds
10 inches over 5 feet = 10 × 6 = 60 pounds
110 pounds + 60 pounds = 166 pounds

Before starting your PVC journey, calculate your BMI using the Center for Disease Control tool.

BMI Categories:
Underweight = less than 18.5
Normal weight = 18.5 – 24.9
Overweight = 25 – 29.9
Obese = 30 or greater