The Body Weight app computes ideal bodyweight (IBW) ranges based on height, gender, and age. The idea of finding the IBW using a formula has been sought after by many experts for a long time. Currently, there persist several popular formulas, and our app provides their results for side-to-side comparisons.
The formulas differ in the values used based on the research of the scientists involved in their development, and their findings. The Devine formula is the most widely used formula for the measurement of IBW.
- G. J. Hamwi Formula (1964): Invented for medicinal dosage purposes.
- B. J. Devine Formula (1974): Similar to the Hamwi Formula, it was originally intended as a basis for medicinal dosages based on weight and height. Over time, the formula became a universal determinant of IBW.
- J. D. Robinson Formula (1983): Modification of the Devine Formula.
- D. R. Miller Formula (1983): Modification of the Devine Formula.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement of a person's leanness or corpulence based on their height and weight, and is intended to quantify tissue mass. It is widely used as a general indicator of whether a person has a healthy body weight for their height.
The World Health Organization's (WHO) recommended healthy BMI range is 18.5 - 25 for both male and female. Based on the BMI range, it is possible to find out a healthy weight for any given height.