When assessing the physical features of a person, there are many factors to consider, including measurements with the use of a measuring tape or a weighing scale. With these measurements, we can compute the Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine whether a person’s body mass is within the recommended range, or if they are over- or underweight.
A tool is used to write down the measurements taken for these tests, and this tool is referred to as a Measurement Chart, commonly known as a body chart. With the information written on the body chart, we can also keep track of any changes in a person’s physical attributes.
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Making a Body Size Chart in Excel
- Make a table and provide individual rows for height, body weight, chest circumference, waistline, hip size, shoulder width, arm length and circumference, leg length and circumference, and foot size.
- Determine the unit of measurement you will be using and stick with those units for uniformity.
- Before taking measurements, indicate the date above the data column.
- Take the needed measurements and write down the data on the spaces provided.
Information Necessary in a Body Chart
- Height – Data can be gathered with the use of a measuring tape. The height can be measured either in feet and inches, or in centimeters.
- Body Weight – Data can be gathered with the use of a weighing scale. The weight can be measured either in kilograms or pounds.
- Body Measurement – The chest, waist, hip, shoulders, arms, legs, and feet are measured with the use of a measuring tape, using inches or centimeters.
- Body Temperature – This can be measured with the use of a thermometer. The units of measurement for body temperature are Degrees Celsius and Degrees Fahrenheit.
- Body Mass Index – Can be computed by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of their height in meters (Weight [kg] / Height [m]² )
For charts detailing a person’s body fat levels, you may want to check out our collection of Body Fat Charts Templates.
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Importance of a Body Chart
The body chart is used:
- for documentation purposes to help determine a person’s physical well-being in a subjective point of view.
- to monitor a person’s progress if they are on a diet program or making lifestyle modifications prescribed by a healthcare provider.
- to provide information on the ideal measurements depending on specific categories: such as the ideal weight, height, or body size according to age.
Do’s and Don’ts of a Body Chart
Now that you have an idea on how to make your own body chart, here are some guidelines when writing on your body chart:
- DO take measurements properly.
- DON’T be in a hurry when taking measurements.
- DO document every measurement taken.
- DO use a scratch paper, especially when computing for the Body Mass Index.
- DON’T falsify any data on the chart.
- DO write down any unusual observations on a person’s physical appearance or qualities.
- DON’T forget to check if the data is complete and accurate.
We also have Chart Templates in Excel available for your convenience, simply use the search tool on the upper right corner. But for a different type of chart template, you may also check out our collection of Height Weight Chart Templates.