I'm studying an English vocabulary book, I found the following question in describing people unit.

How heavy are you? English Vocabulary in Use: Elementary

While I'm talking with my colleague (who is better than me in English), I asked him: How heavy are you? He smiled, and say: I'm heavy like a car. then He said it is better to say "What is your weight?"

So, Should I avoid using this question?

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    Yes, avoid that question. "How much do you weigh?" is better and more common than "What is your weight?", though. The latter is a bit technical-sounding. – user3395 Mar 6 '17 at 15:42
  • Also, be aware that this is not a question that should be asked lightly of a stranger or casual acquaintance. Asking about someone's weight is a rather personal question. – Rob K Mar 6 '17 at 15:53
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    How much do you weigh? NOT: what is your weight. What is your weight is ok grammatically or on a doctor's chart, but not in casual conversation. – Lambie Mar 6 '17 at 16:20
  • I've never stumbled upon "How heavy are you?". The questions: What is your weight? And How much do you weight? Are more common. There are ne more that nobody has mentioned here: What do you weight? – SovereignSun Mar 6 '17 at 16:38
  • @SovereignSun Did you mean "weigh"? – dasdingonesin Mar 6 '17 at 17:22

The problem is that heavy implies over-weight.

It would be a bit like asking 'How fat are you?'

Better is 'How much do you weigh?' but with caution, as Rob K has suggested.

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