The ideal weight of an Indian man is changed and became 65 kg, and for a woman, it is 55 kg, according to a report issued by the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN).
The report named ‘Nutrient Requirements for Indians’ by NIN, a nutrition research body of the Indian Council of Medical Research was published by Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.
The latest report has added 5 kg to the excellent body weight of Indians over a decade. The perfect weight of an Indian man was 60 kg, and for a woman, it was 50 kg, according to NIN’s 2010 report.
The 2020 report said the increase in ideal weight was a result of the rise in nutritional food intake.
The reference height for Indian men and women has also been increased. While it was 5 feet for women and 5 feet 6 inches for men in 2010, it has now been revised to 5 feet 3 inches (women) and 5 feet 8 inches (men). These figures would now be taken for calculating the average body mass index (BMI).
The definition for reference Indian adult men and women, about age, was also modified in the 2020 report. While it was 20-39 years in the 2010 description, it has been changed to 19-39 years in the most developed study.
The 2020 report took into account more recent and nationally-representative datasets such as the National Family Health Survey-4 (2015-16), National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (2015-16), and the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (2015) to get acceptable reference bodyweight values.
The latest report also reveals Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) & Estimated Average Requirements (EAR) for Indians. It also noted how 1998 information on RDA had used data from 1989 to calculate the ideal body weight and height of children as well as adolescents.