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Some USA Weight and Height Statistics [Males 20 yrs+]

Some USA Weight and Height Statistics [Males 20 yrs+]

Some United States Weight and Height Statistics for Males Aged 20 Years and Above from Various United States CDC/NCHS, National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES).

Time Period When Data CollectedAverage Weight in PoundsWeight – 95th Percentile in PoundsAverage Height in InchesHeight – 95 Percentile in InchesNotes
1988-1994180.7243.869.174.0Source
1999-2002190.4267.169.374.2Source
2007-2010195.5273.669.374.1Source
2011-2014195.7275.469.274.1Source
The Source pdf documents contain a lot more information. You may notice in the summary data above that the height remains static over these time periods whereas the weight figures are increasing. This is actually easier to see in the following barcharts. These examination surveys are performed by the same organisation.

United States Weight Statistics for Males Aged 20 years+

United States weight statistics for males aged 20 years+

These weights are in pounds. The four time periods relate to 1988-1994, 1999-2002, 2007-2010 and 2011-2014.

The United States CDC/NCHS, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2007-2010 showed that the weight of the United States 95th percentile male was 273.6 pounds.

By the time that they did the survey of 2011-2014, the weight of the United States 95th percentile male had increased to 275.4 pounds.

When they did the survey of 1988-1994, the weight of the United States 95th percentile male had been 243.8 pounds.

United States Height Statistics for Males Aged 20 years+

United States height statistics for males aged 20 years+

These heights are in inches. The four time periods relate to 1988-1994, 1999-2002, 2007-2010 and 2011-2014.

As you can see from the accompanying graph and the table below these particular figures are more or less the same.

 
Time Period When Data CollectedAverage Height in InchesHeight – 95 Percentile in Inches
1988-199469.174.0
1999-200269.374.2
2007-201069.374.1
2011-201469.274.1

Why This Interest in These Statistics?

Good question. I was doing some research for getting an office chair for women. During this process, I discovered that many small adult compact office chairs sold online don’t give a lot of help regarding sizes. It would not surprise me to learn that many small compact adult office chairs sold online are not really used for their intended purpose. I suspect that many small compact adult office chairs may be too small for comfortable use by small adults who are not as small as they think they are.

In the United States, the Office Chair ANSI/BIFMA X 5.1 Standard contains guidelines. This standard had been updated a while back, as people in the United States are weighing heavier now than they did earlier. As pointed out in one of the barcharts above.

For instance, between 1988 and 1994, 95% of males over 20 years old in the United States used to weigh below 244 pounds. For the 2011 to 2014 period, this figure had increased to 275 pounds. An increase of over 2 stones. Different areas of the world would have the same statistics for their areas. However, the values can be substantially different.

Chair manufacturers make different sized chairs depending on their markets. And the expected weight of the people sitting on their chairs is one statistic that they use. And in general, smaller chairs would use less materials leading to less raw materials being used leading in turn to lower prices.

The 2011 version of the ANSI/BIFMA X 5.1 Standard was based on a 253 pound 95th percentile male weight whereas the 2017 version of the ANSI/BIFMA X 5.1 Standard is based on a 275 pound 95th percentile male weight. This means that weight related tests now have to withstand successfully the heavier weight in order to pass these weight related tests.

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