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How can I tell if I have a medium build?
Asked by anonymous on Jan 20, 2011 in Weight Loss

How do you tell what type of build you have?  We are often asked if we are small, medium or heavy boned?


Use your wrist circumference in relation to your height to determine whether your build is small, medium or large.  Measure your wrist with a tape measure and compare the measurement to the standards shown in the article, Calculate Body Frame Size, at  After you find your frame size, use the BMI (Body Mass Index) chart to determine your ideal weight.  Within the healthy weight range for height, BMI 19 – 21 is best for a small frame, BMI 21 – 23 is for a medium frame, and, for a large frame, use BMI 23 – 25.  Wrist measurement addresses the size of your bones, but on any frame, one can carry more or less muscle and fat.


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