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Ideal Weight for a 17-Year-Old Male

Updated July 19, 2017

While it is helpful to use medical information to gauge how close you are to the appropriate weight for your age, many factors influence how close the weight of a 17-year-old male is to the ideal.

Considerations

To compare the weight of a 17-year-old male to an appropriate weight according to medical height/weight charts, you must first calculate the adolescent's body mass index (BMI). This is because ideal weight is a function of the child's height, and a BMI calculator takes both height and weight into account.

Identification

Use an online BMI calculator to calculate the body mass index of the child. Then, using a medical growth chart for males, locate 17 along the X-axis and follow the line to determine whether he falls within a healthy range. The median BMI index for a 17-year old-male is 22. If the BMI value falls under the 5th percentile, the individual is considered underweight. A BMI above the 95th percentile indicates the child is overweight.

Benefits

Maintaining a healthy weight helps prevent diseases associated with being overweight, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Awareness of how BMI compares to that of a healthy 17-year-old adolescent helps doctors treat or prevent these disorders.

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Clara English began writing professionally in 2010. She writes for various websites, focusing on topics in fine-art techniques, fashion and gardening. She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in art history at the University of Rochester.