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Although some people prefer the less-ambiguous term body mass, the term body weight is overwhelmingly used in daily English speech as well as in the contexts of biological and medical sciences to describe the mass of an organism's body. Body weight is measured in kilograms throughout the world, although in some countries people more often measure and describe body weight in pounds (e.g. United States and Canada) or stones and pounds (e.g. among people in the Commonwealth of Nations) and thus may not be well acquainted with measurement in kilograms. Most hospitals, even in the United States, now use kilograms for calculations, but use kilograms and pounds together for other purposes. (1 kg is approximately 2.2 lb; 1 stone (14 lb) is approximately 6.4 kg.)

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Country/Region Average male weight Average female weight Sample population /
age range
Methodology Year Source
Chile 75.6 kg (166.7 lb) 65.7 kg (144.8 lb) 17 and over Measured 2003 [1]
Germany 82.4 kg (181.7 lb) 67.5 kg (148.8 lb) 18 and over Measured 2005 [2]
United States 86.6 kg (190.9 lb) 74.4 kg (164.0 lb) 20-74 Measured 1999–2002 [3]

Sports usage

Participants in sports such as boxing, wrestling, rowing, judo, and weight-lifting are classified according to their body weight, measured in units of mass such as pounds or kilograms. See, e.g., wrestling weight classes, boxing weight classes, judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics, boxing at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

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