Body weight

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The term body weight is used colloquially and in the biological and medical sciences to refer to a person's mass or weight. Body weight is measured in kilograms, a measure of mass, throughout the world, although in some countries such as the United States it is measured in pounds, or as in the United Kingdom, stones and pounds. Most hospitals, even in the United States, now use kilograms for calculations, but use kilograms and pounds together for other purposes. Strictly speaking, the body weight is the weight of the person without any items on, but practically body weight is taken with clothes on but often without the shoes and heavy accessories like mobile phones and wallets. Body weight is one way of determining a person's health.

Ideal body weight[edit]

Ideal body weight (IBW) was initially introduced by Devine in 1974 to allow estimation of drug clearances in obese patients; researchers have since shown that the metabolism of certain drugs relate more to IBW than total body weight.[1] The term was based on the use of insurance data that demonstrated the relative mortality for males and females according to different height–weight combinations. The most common estimation of IBW is by the Devine formula; other models exist and have been noted to give similar results.[1] Other methods used in estimating the ideal body weight are body mass index and the Hamwi method.

Devine Formula[2][edit]

Male Ideal Body Weight = 50 kg + 2.3 kg * ( Height(in) - 60 )

Female Ideal Body Weight = 45.5 kg + 2.3 kg *( Height(in) - 60 )

Hamwi method[edit]

The Hamwi method (also known as the Hamwi equation or Hamwi formula) is used to calculate the ideal body weight of the general adult.

According to the Hamwi method that is used by the Journal of the Council of Renal Nutrition of the National Kidney Foundation, a man who is 5 feet (1.5 m) tall should ideally weigh 106 pounds (48 kg), and a woman who is 5 feet (1.5 m) tall should ideally weigh 100 pounds (45 kg).

  • For men : Allow 106 pounds (48 kg), Add 6 pounds (2.7 kg) for every inch (2.54 cm) over 5 feet (1.5 m).
  • For women : Allow 100 pounds (45 kg), Add 5 pounds (2.3 kg) for every inch over 5 feet.[3]

Example : The ideal body weight of a male whose height is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) is [106 + (6x10)] = 166 pounds (75 kg).

The Hamwi equation is for adults only.

Average weight around the world[edit]

By region[edit]

Region Adult population
(millions)
Average weight Overweight population /
total population
Source
Africa 535 60.7 kg (133.8 lb) 28.9% [4]
Asia 2,815 57.7 kg (127.2 lb) 24.2% [4]
Europe 606 70.8 kg (156.1 lb) 55.6% [4]
Latin America and the Caribbean 386 67.9 kg (149.7 lb) 57.9% [4]
North America 263 80.7 kg (177.9 lb) 73.9% [4]
Oceania 24 74.1 kg (163.4 lb) 63.3% [4]
World 4,630 62.0 kg (136.7 lb) 34.7% [4]

By country[edit]

Country Average male weight Average female weight Sample population /
age range
Methodology Year Source
Brazil 72.7 kg (160.3 lb) 62.5 kg (137.8 lb) 20–74 Measured 2008–2009 [5]
Canada 80.3 kg (177 lb) Measured [6]
Chile 77.3 kg (170.4 lb) 67.5 kg (148.8 lb) 15+ Measured 2009–2010 [7]
Finland 82.1 kg (181 lb) Measured [6]
Germany 82.4 kg (181.7 lb) 67.5 kg (148.8 lb) 18+ Measured 2005 [8]
South Korea 68.6 kg (151.2 lb) 56.5 kg (124.6 lb) 18+ Measured 2007 [9]
Sweden 81.9 kg (180.6 lb) 66.7 kg (147.0 lb) 16–84 Measured 2003-2004 [10]
UKWales 84.0 kg (185.2 lb) 69.0 kg (152.1 lb) 16+ Measured 2009 [11]
United States 88.3 kg (194.7 lb) 74.7 kg (164.7 lb) 20+ Measured 2003-2006 [12]

Global statistics[edit]

Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine published a study of average weights of adult humans in the journal BMC Public Health and at the United Nations conference Rio+20.[13]

Estimation in children[edit]

An example of a half unfolded Broselow tape.

A number of ways to estimate weight in children have been developed for circumstances (such as emergencies) when actual weight cannot be measured. The most commonly used methods include guesses of the child's weight by parents or healthcare providers, weight-estimation formulas based on the child's age and tape-based systems of weight estimation. Some of the many formulas that have been used include the APLS formula, the Leffler formula, and Theron formula.[14] There are several tape-based systems for estimating children's weight, the most well-known of which is the Broselow tape.[15] The Broselow tape is based on length with weight read from the appropriate color area. Newer systems, such as the PAWPER tape, make use of a simple two-step process to estimate weight: the length-based weight estimation is modified according to the child's body habitus to increase the accuracy of the final weight prediction.[16]

The Leffler formula is used for children 0–10 years of age.[14] In those less than a year old it is

m = \tfrac{1}{2}a_m + 4

and for those 1–10 years old it is

m = 2a_y + 10

where m is the number of kilograms the child weighs and am and ay respectively are the number of months or years old the child is.[14]

The Theron formula is

m = e^{0.175571a_y + 2.197099}

where m and ay are as above.[14]

Usage[edit]

Sports[edit]

Participants in sports such as boxing, mixed martial arts, wrestling, rowing, judo, Olympic weightlifting, and powerlifting are classified according to their body weight, measured in units of mass such as pounds or kilograms. See, e.g., wrestling weight classes, boxing weight classes, judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics, boxing at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Medicine[edit]

Ideal Body Weight, specifically the Devine Formula, is used clinically for multiple reasons, most commonly in estimating renal function in drug dosing, and predicting pharmacokinetics in morbidly obese patients.[17][18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pai, Manjunath P; Paloucek, Frank P (September 2000). "The Origin of the "Ideal" Body Weight Equations". The Annals of Pharmacotherapy 34 (9): 1066–1069. doi:10.1345/aph.19381. PMID 10981254. 
  2. ^ "About Arithmatic Formulas Calculating Ideal Body Weight". Halls MD. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  3. ^ Geriatric Nutrition Handbook. p. 15. ISBN 978-0412136412. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Walpole, Sarah C et al; Prieto-Merino, David; Edwards, Phil; Cleland, John; Stevens, Gretchen; Roberts, Ian (18 June 2012). "The weight of nations: an estimation of adult human biomass". BMC Public Health (BMC Public Health 2012, 12:439) 12: 439. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-439. PMC 3408371. PMID 22709383. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Do G1, em São Paulo (2010-08-27). "G1 - Metade dos adultos brasileiros está acima do peso, segundo IBGE - notícias em Brasil". G1.globo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  6. ^ a b "Average Male Weight". Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  7. ^ Encuesta Nacional de Salud 2009–2010 (p. 81)
  8. ^ © wissenmedia in der inmediaONE] GmbH, Gütersloh/München. "Bauer sucht Frau aus dem Lexikon" (in German). wissen.de. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  9. ^ "The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - Average Korean Now Overweight". English.chosun.com. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  10. ^ "6 kilo mer man och 4 kilo mer kvinna" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  11. ^ "The Welsh Health Survey 2009, p. 58". Wales.gov.uk. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  12. ^ "Anthropometric Reference Data for Children and Adults: United States, 2003–2006" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  13. ^ Data extracted from "The world's fattest countries: how do you compare?". The Daily Telegraph. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d So TY, Farrington E, Absher RK (June 2009). "Evaluation of the accuracy of different methods used to estimate weights in the pediatric population". Pediatrics 123 (6): e1045–51. doi:10.1542/peds.2008-1968. PMID 19482737. 
  15. ^ Lubitz, Deborah; Seidel, JS; Chameides, L; Luten, RC; Zaritsky, AL; Campbell, FW (1988). "A rapid method for estimating weight and resuscitation drug dosages from length in the pediatric age group". Ann Emerg Med 17 (6): 576–81. doi:10.1016/S0196-0644(88)80396-2. PMID 3377285. 
  16. ^ Wells, Mike (2011). "Clinical: The PAWPER Tape". Sanguine 1 (2). Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  17. ^ Jones, Graham RD (2011). "Estimating Renal Function for Drug Dosing Decisions". The Clinical Biochemist Reviews 32 (2): 81–88. PMC 3100285. 
  18. ^ van Kraligen, S; van de Garde, EMW; Knibbe, CAJ; Dongen, EPA (2011). "Comparative evaluation of atracurium dosed on ideal body weight vs. total body weight in morbidly obese patients". British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 71 (1): 34–40. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2125.2010.03803.x. PMC 3018024. 

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