Tip for health: figuring out the ideal weight for women is even more complicated than figuring out optimal weight in general. We assume that optimal weight = optimal health but do our BMI tables really reflect that especially given the hormonal fluctuations of females. Hormonal weight gain during puberty, pregnancy and menopause is a reality that affects the weight ideal for women because it's the body's response to biological needs, ushering in a new life stage. In a nutshell.... women need different amounts of body fat at different life stages that will affect, and change, their weight requirements.
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