Nobody will dispute that a 6’5 person is tall—very tall. But what’s less clear is the normal weight for a 6’5 man.
So how much is a 6’5 male supposed to weigh?
More than average, that’s for sure. But let’s take a look at the available body weight data to get a more accurate estimate.
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What is the average weight for a 6’5 male?
What is the average weight for a 6’5 male? Based on the body weight data for thousands of men, the average weight for a 6’5 male is roughly 235 pounds or 106.6 kilograms.
This estimate is based on our scaling up of the average weight for all men, which is right around 200 lbs.
Given that 6’5 guys are much taller than average and, based on our observations, are less filled out than their shorter counterparts, we think that our 235-pound estimate is pretty solid.
To be sure, there are plenty of big 6’5 men who weigh well over 235 lbs. It’s just that when you factor in the skinny guys as well (it can be hard to fill out when you’re very tall), the average will probably drop down to around 235 lbs.
As for how much a 6’5 woman weighs, that’s very hard to say because there simply aren’t many 6’5 ladies walking around. But, if I had to guess, I’d say at least 15-20 lbs lighter than a man of the same height, if not more.
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Is the normal weight for a 6’5 male considered healthy?
The normal weight for a 6’5 male is actually classed as obese in terms of body mass index (BMI). However, BMI is just a screening tool, and a pretty poor one for tall people.
Let me explain.
If you’re very tall, a standard BMI calculator will likely tell you that you’re overweight, even if you’re fairly lean and/or muscular.
While BMI definitely has its place, overestimation and underestimation of obesity are its two main limitations.
As such, you need to take into account your body fat as well. If you’re pretty lean, especially around your waist, then you probably have a favorable body composition.
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What is the ideal BMI for a 6’5 man?
Generally speaking, it’s recommended for a man to keep his BMI within the normal range. Yet, many 6’5 men will naturally register an “overweight” BMI because body mass index as a tool is less applicable to those well above the average height.
So, rather than give specific BMI recommendations, we want to drive home the message of body composition.
While you don’t need to be ripped, it’s best to have a fairly lean physique so that you can avoid abdominal obesity, which can occur regardless of your BMI.
Since many taller individuals tend to be less filled out than their shorter counterparts, it’s not usually as challenging for a 6’5 man to stay lean as it is for someone a foot shorter.
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How much should a 6’5 male weigh?
While being tall brings special considerations for determining your ideal weight, it’s not an excuse to be obese and accumulate lots of excess body fat.
With this in mind, we’re going to go through some height-weight combinations to see what kind of physique they would result in for a 6’5 man.
6’5 150 lbs
If you’re 6’5 and 150 lbs, then your BMI is 17.8, which is only just into the underweight range. The same is true if you’re 6’5 and 155 lbs because you’ll have an 18.4 BMI.
Yet, any 6’5 person who weighs 150 pounds would be extremely skinny. Considering that the average guy (5’9) weighs 50 lbs more than our 150-pound example, I struggle to see how a 6 foot 5 man could ever weigh 150 lbs.
6’5 160 lbs
Anyone who is 6’5 and 160 lbs has a 19 BMI, which is technically within the normal range. However, while such a body weight is typically considered slim for the general population, it’s extremely skinny for a 6’5 man who has a much bigger frame.
6’5 170 lbs
You would have a 20.2 BMI if you were 6’5 and 170 lbs and a very skinny physique as a result. While there’s no need to be big and muscular, one would have to wonder if a 6’5 person who weighs 170 pounds is lacking nutrition.
6’5 180 lbs
Those who are 6’5 and weigh 180 pounds have a 21.3 body mass index. While this may be a good thing for shorter people, most 6’5 people who are 180 pounds are naturally very skinny.
Unless we’re talking about a teenager, and even then it’s doubtful, it’s rare to see a 6’5 man who weighs 180 lbs unless they’re incredibly lean and don’t have much muscle.
6’5 190 lbs
People who are 6’5 and 190 lbs would likely have a very lean physique, depending on their body fat level. It’s the same story if you’re 6’5 and 195 lbs; you could have a decent amount of muscle mass but a pretty low body fat level.
6’5 200 lbs
Individuals who are 6’5 and 200 lbs are bang on the average weight, despite being a whopping 8 inches taller than average, meaning that you’re probably still pretty slim if you’re 6’5 and 200 pounds.
Obviously, it’s hard to give a precise body type because you could be fairly muscular and ripped, or you could just be skinny fat.
6’5 210 lbs
Are you 6’5 and 210 lbs? If so, then your BMI is technically 24.9, which is on the very high end of the normal range. Yet, someone who is 6’5 and 210 lbs or 6’5 and 215 lbs is likely to be rather slim for a person of their height.
6’5 220 lbs
If you are 6’5 and 220 lbs, then you could have a few different physiques, depending on your body composition.
For example, you could be lean and muscular. Or, you could have some muscle and some fat as well. This is why we say to focus on body composition rather than just body weight when you’re tall.
6’5 230 lbs
If you’re 6’5 and 230 lbs, then you’re technically overweight. The same is true, as mentioned above, if you’re 6’5 and 235 lbs.
Yet, a person of this height and weight is likely to be on the leaner side, meaning that they might be quite healthy for someone this tall.
6’5 240 lbs
Once again, you’re classed as overweight (by standard BMI calculators) if you’re 6’5 and 240 lbs. But is this accurate?
Probably not. If you have excess body fat, then you might need to lose weight. But if you’re fairly lean and have some muscle mass on your frame, then 6’5 and 245 lbs might be a good weight for you.
6’5 250 lbs
If you’re 6’5 and 250 lbs, then you’re technically borderline obese. Yet, there are plenty of people who are 6’5 and 250 pounds or 6’5 and 255 lbs who look anything but obese.
Think about all of the athletes who are 6’5 and 250 lbs. Are they fat? Of course not.
And it’s not that BMI is a bad tool, either. It’s just that BMI is much less applicable to you when you’re very tall or muscular.
6’5 260 lbs
Someone who is 6’5 and 260 lbs likely weighs a fair bit more than average for a 6’5 person, but that doesn’t mean that they’re severely overweight.
To be sure, if you’re 6’5 and 260 lbs, you can definitely have too much body fat, but you can also have a lot of muscle mass on your big frame as well.
6’5 270 lbs
Those who are 6’5 and 270 lbs weigh a full 70 lbs more than the average man, which some might expect given that they’re 8 inches taller as well.
6’5 280 lbs
If you’re 6’5 and 280 lbs, then you’re definitely a big guy. But how lean are you?
Someone who is 6’5 and 285 lbs probably has plenty of muscle mass but likely a bit of body fat as well.
6’5 290 lbs
People who are 6’5 and 290 lbs will probably get told that they’re big or even “huge” on a frequent basis. After all, 6’5 and 290 lbs or 6’5 and 295 lbs are both massive physiques, even for a tall person.
6’5 300 lbs
If you’re 6’5 and 300 lbs, then there are no two ways about it; you’re a big guy. Whether this is a good thing (muscle or fat) depends heavily on your body composition.
6’5 320 lbs
Are you 6’5 and 320 lbs? If so, then you might have a lot of excess body fat. But on the other hand, you could have a sizable combination of muscle mass and adipose tissue.
6’5 330 lbs
Someone who is 6’5 and weighs 330 lbs is far bigger than the average person, and they weigh a whopping 130 lbs more than usual.
6’5 340 lbs
If you are 6’5 and 340 pounds, then you are too heavy for your height and should try to lose weight. Sure, you can have plenty of muscle on your body at this weight, but few people are a lean 340 lbs (which isn’t necessarily healthy, either).
6’5 350 lbs
Those who are 6’5 and tip the scales at a colossal 350 lbs weigh 150 lbs more than the already-overweight average American. Someone this size likely needs to eat less and do more exercise.
6’5 400 lbs
People who are 6’5 and who weigh 400 lbs are very big indeed. If you’re 6’5 and 400 pounds, you probably have a lot of excess body fat, but you might also have a lot of muscle and a huge frame as well, hence you’ll naturally have more room to store muscle and fat.
The verdict: The ideal 6 foot 5 weight explained
Working out a healthy weight for a 6’5 male is complicated because BMI works best when you’re close to the average height. As such, many 6’5 guys think that they’re overweight when they actually have a favorable body composition.
So, what’s the ideal weight for a 6’5 male?
We think that our 235-pound estimate could be a good place to start. At this weight, you can be muscular, but you likely won’t be ripped or fat.
Of course, you can weigh less than this and still be healthy, especially if you’re lean.
By the same token, weighing more than average isn’t always bad, although extremely high body weights are almost always a sign of excess body fat.
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