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Can you quickly convert these measurements?

By 25 February 2018Language Tips

Alternative measurements

Measurements around the world

If you read or heard this statement, would you know whether this baby was:

A underweight?

B healthy weight?

C overweight?

Chances are if you live or work in the UK or US you would. In these 2 countries,  babies’ birth weights are measured in the imperial system (lbs) rather than the metric system (kg) used in many other parts of the world.

Weight measurements in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand

Being from the UK myself, I know my weight in stones and ounces and my height in feet and inches. Ask me what they are in kilograms and centimetres and I haven’t got a clue.

In the US, they use pounds (lbs) for their weight while Australia and New Zealand use kilograms. So, a man weighing 90kg would give his weight as 198 lbs in the US and just over 14 stone in the UK.

Height measurements in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand

The US and the UK both measure height in feet and inches so a woman giving her height as 5ft 6’ in those countries would say they were around 168 centimetres in Australia or New Zealand.

You might like to use this handy converter to find out your own measurements!


Oh, and by the way, the baby in the example is a fairly average weight.