# How to determine body frame size

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Have you ever heard someone say that she is "large boned"? This is not just an excuse for someone who doesn't have a swimsuit figure. Determining whether you are overweight is not simply a matter of comparing weight to height. You also have to take body frame size into consideration. People are born with a frame that is either small, medium or large. Because larger bones weigh more, it should come as no surprise that a large-framed person who is 1.8 m (6 feet) tall would naturally weigh more than a small-framed person who is the same height. Two easy methods can help determine body frame size.

Skill level:
Easy

• Tape measure

## Instructions

1. 1

Wrap your thumb and longest finger on one hand around your other wrist. Be sure to wrap around the smallest part of the wrist.

2. 2

Compare this measurement to the following test: If your thumb and finger overlap, then you are small-framed. If they touch, then you are medium-framed. If they have a gap, then you are large-framed. This is the first body frame size test.

3. 3

Use body frame size test two. Measure the smallest part of your wrist, using a tape measure. You might be able to do this on your own, or you might need help.

4. 4

Compare this measurement to the following chart for women: If your height is under 1.6 m (5 feet 2 inches), then a small body size will have a wrist measurement of less than 14 cm (5.5 inches); a medium body size will have a wrist measurement from 14 to 14.6 cm (5.5 to 5.75 inches ); a large body size will have a wrist measurement of more than 14.6 cm (5.75 inches). For women whose height is 1.6 m (5 feet 2 inches) to 1.7 m (5 feet 5 inches), a small body frame will have a wrist measurement of less than 15 cm (6 inches); a medium body size will have a wrist measurement from 15 to 15.9 cm (6 to 6.25 inches); a large body size will have a wrist measurement of more than 15.9 cm (6.25 inches). For women whose height is more than 1.7 m (5 feet 5 inches), a small body frame will have a wrist size of less than 15.9 cm (6.25 inches); a medium body frame will have a wrist size from 15.9 to 16.5 cm (6.25 to 6.5 inches); a large body frame will have a wrist measurement of more than 16.5 (6.5 inches).

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Compare this wrist measurement to the following chart for men: If your height is over 1.7 m (5 feet 5 inches), a small-framed body will have a wrist size from 14 to 16.5 cm (5.5 to 6.5 inches). A medium body frame will have a wrist measurement from 16.5 to 18 cm (6.5 to 7.5 inches). A large body frame will have a wrist measurement of more than 18 cm (7.5 inches).

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Compare the body frame chart for ideal body weight for medium-framed women: 45.4 kg (7 stone 2 lb) for the first 1.5 m (5 feet) of height, but 890 g (1 lb 15 oz) for each additional centimetre (0.4 inch). Add 10 per cent for a large frame and subtract 10 per cent for a small frame. So, for example, a medium-framed woman who is 1.67 m (5 feet 6 inches) would have an ideal body weight of 59 kg (9 stone 4 lb), while a large-framed woman the same height would have an ideal body weight of 64.9 kg (10 stone 3 lb), and a small-framed woman the same height would have an ideal weight of 53.1 kg (8 stone 5 lb).

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Compare the body frame chart for ideal body weight for medium-framed men: 48.1 kg (7 stone 8 lb). of body weight for the first 1.52 m (5 feet) of height, 1.07 kg (2 lb 6 oz) for each additional centimetre (0.4 inch). Add 10 per cent for a large frame and subtract 10 per cent for a small frame. So, for example, a medium-framed man who is 1.83 m (6 feet) tall would have an ideal body weight of 80.7 kg (12 stone 9 lb), while a large-framed man the same height would have an ideal body weight of 88.9 kg (14 stone), and a small-framed man the same height would have an ideal weight of 72.6 kg (11 stone 6 lb).

#### Tips and warnings

• Consult a physician before beginning any diet or exercise regimen.
• These charts are not intended to take the place of your physician's care or advice.

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