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Body Mass Index is designed to tell you whether you are carrying too much, too little, or just the right amount of body fat.  Your BMI is an estimate of your body fast that is based on your height and weight.  Your BMI, along with other health indicators can be used to assess your current health status and potential health risks.  To measure your BMI use the chart below:

The figure at which your height corresponds with your weight is your BMI.

Body Mass Index (BMI)


Height (feet, inches)

5’0″ 5’3″ 5’6″ 5’9″ 6’0″ 6’3″
140 27 25 23 21 19 18
150 29 27 24 22 20 19
160 31 28 26 24 22 20
170 33 30 28 25 23 21
180 35 32 29 27 25 23
190 37 34 31 28 26 24
200 39 36 32 30 27 25
210 41 37 34 31 29 26
220 43 39 36 33 30 28
230 45 41 37 34 31 29
240 47 43 39 36 33 30
250 49 44 40 37 34 31


What does my BMI results mean?

As you review your results keep in mind that BMI has its limits, and that BMI recommendations do differ based on gender and other variables. (For instance, BMI may underestimate body fat in an older person who has lost muscle tone.)

You also should review BMI results in light of your gender, because the recommended amount of body fat differs for men and women.

For women, a BMI showing body fat of 20 percent to 21 percent is considered ideal. (The average American woman has about 22 percent to 25 percent body fat.) For men, the recommended amount of body fat is between 13 percent and 17 percent. (The average American man has approximately 17 percent to 19 percent body fat.)

less than 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Healthy
25.0 – 29.9 Overweight
30.0 or more Obese

If you have questions or concerns about your BMI results, consult with your doctor or health care provider

Underweight (less than 18.5):  Your body mass index (BMI) suggests that you are underweight. Reaching and maintaining an appropriate weight can help you fight illness and enjoy overall good health.

Low weight can stem from many factors, ranging from genetics to health conditions including depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

Also, treatment for certain illnesses can suppress the appetite, resulting in excessive weight loss.

Healthy (18.5 – 24.9):  Congratulations! Your body mass index (BMI) suggests you are a healthy weight.  Please take into consideration if you have a large or small body frame this could be deceiving results.  Refer to determining desirable body weight below.

Overweight (25.0 – 29.9):  Your body mass index (BMI) suggests that you are overweight. Nearly two out of three Americans have a BMI in the overweight range.  When reviewing your BMI results, keep in mind that a BMI has its limits. For instance, BMI can overestimate body fat in athletes or others who have a muscular build or large body frame.

Obese (30.0 or more):  Your BMI suggests that you are obese. A BMI of 40.0 or more, which typically involves being 100 pounds overweight, is considered morbidly obese.

Carrying excess weight can put you at a higher risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, breathing problems, diabetes, and certain cancers.

When assessing a person’s weight, many doctors use the BMI combined with a waist circumference measurement called the waist-to-hip-ratio.  This is because your risk of disease is greatly increased when the fat is around your waist rather than your hips.  This risk increases with a waist size that is greater than 35 inches for women or greater than 40 inches for men.

Weight loss is strongly recommended for people who are obese. Even a weight loss of just 5 percent to 10 percent of your current weight will help lower your risk of developing diseases.  A reasonable and safe weight loss is one to two pounds per week.

Another Way to Determine Your Desirable Body Weight

Use the following formula:

  • Women: 100 pounds of body weight for the first five feet of height plus five pounds for each additional inch.
  • Men: 106 pounds of body weight for the first five feet of height plus six pounds for each additional inch.

Note:  If you have a small body frame, you should subtract 10 percent from that number. If you have a large body frame add 10 percent to that number.

Example:  5 ft. 5 in. large frame female   100 + (5*5) =100 + 25 =125

125 * 10% = 12.5

125 + 12.5 = 137.5

(you would subtract the 12.5 for a small frame female)

While genetics, medical conditions and other factors often have a significant effect on weight, being physically active and eating a balanced diet can help you achieve a healthier weight.

If weight loss is advisable for you, consult a dietitian, doctor or other health care provider.






  1. Nick Hoyt

    Yeah, using this BMI chart to measure both my height and weight, I’m coming in just a little too heavy (about 27). I think that means I need to stop eating so much junk food and work out a little more than I’ve been doing lately.

    I read the other day that most Americans are overweight this year (2017) whereas about 50 years ago it was actually pretty uncommon for one to not be skinny. I wonder if it has to do with all of the newer jobs that have people sitting at desks all day, or if we really have just been eating way to much as a nation.

    Well, this has certainly been a wake up call! Time to start taking action and lost about 10 pounds!

    • Angela

      I really like this BMI chart because it accounts for larger or smaller body frames. I think you hit the nail on the head. Our activity levels are next to nothing compared to whet they used to be back in the olden days! Plus all of our food now is full of chemicals that our bodies can’t process. You will be shocked at how much losing just 10 pounds will help you! Go for it!


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