What is the Average Weight for an Adult Woman?

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Question: What is the Average Weight for an Adult Woman?

Answer:

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average weight for an adult woman in the United States is:

  • 162.9 pounds

This statistic for the average weight for an adult woman is from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) conducted from 2007-2010.

Average Weight Statistics Over Time

How has the average weight of an adult woman changed over the years?

Measurements of body mass index, weight, height, and even head circumference have been measured since the 1960s.

Not surprisingly, women in the United States have been getting bigger, both getting taller and weighing more.

In the early 1960s, a report stated that "American men range in average weight from 146 pounds at 62 inches in height to 190 pounds at 73 inches; while for American women this average progresses from 129 pounds at 58 inches to 157 pounds at 67 inches."

Average Weight for Girls

How well is your child growing? Is he above or below average?

The average weight for a girl depends on her age. What is average for a two-year-old, for example, is not going to be average for a 12-year-old.

Use our Kids Growth Chart Percentiles Calculator to see what percentile your child is growing on.

To figure out what the 'average' weight is for children, just check our Growth Charts and see what weight is equal to the 50th percentile.

Sources:

Roberts J. Weight by height and age of adults: United States, 1960–1962. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 11(14). 1966.

Fryar, Cheryl D. CDC. Anthropometric Reference Data for Children and Adults: United States, 2007-2010. Vital and Health Statistics. Series 11, Number 252. October 2012.

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