# Determining Your Desirable Body Weight

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Watching weight is human nature. It is like a reflex to tip the scale once we see one. Frenetic reactions occur when we lose or gain weight but are we watching the right weight? Determining our desirable body weight (DBW) ideal. Here is how to determine the magic number.

**First step: Know your body frame.**

Body frame is categorized into three types: small, medium, and large frame. It is easy to know which frame you belong to.

1. Find the smallest part of your wrist. This becomes the measuring site. Wrap your thumb and middle finger over this site.

2. If your thumb overlaps with the middle finger, you belong in the small frame category. Asians usually belong in this group.

3. If your thumb touches with the middle finger but does not overlap, you belong in the medium frame division.

4. If your thumb does not touch the middle finger, you belong in the large frame group. Most Westerners belong in this group.

**Second step: Know your height in centimeters**

This can be done by converting height in feet (1 foot = 12 inches) to inches. For example, multiply 5 feet by 12 and add 9 inches if you stand five feet and nine inches tall. The answer is 69 inches. Now, convert inches to centimeters by multiplying height in inches by 2.54. 69 inches x 2.54 = 175.26 centimeters

**Final step: Use the Tannhauser method.**

Use the height in centimeters and deduct this number from a constant factor of 100. The difference between the two will now be in kilogram units and is called initial DBW for this article's purpose. From our previous example, 175.26cm - 100 = 75.26 kilograms. The inital DBW is 75.26 kilograms.

For the different types of body frame use the following computation.

Small frame: Multiply the initial DBW by 10%. Now, subtract the product from the initial DBW. The difference (rounded off to the nearest hundredth) becomes the desirable body weight. From previous example, inital DBW of 75.26 kilograms x 10% = 7.526. 75.26 - 7.526 = 67.734 kilograms. The DBW is 68 kilograms.

Medium frame: For medium frame individuals, inital DBW is also the final DBW. There is no need to compute further.

Large frame: Again, multiply the initial DBW by 10%. Now, add the product from the initial DBW. The sum (rounded off to the nearest hundredth) becomes the desirable body weight. From previous example, inital DBW of 75.26 kilograms x 10% = 7.526. 75.26 + 7.526 = 82.786 kilograms. The DBW is 83 kilograms.

Happy computing!

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