Measuring Body Mass


The new body mass index (BMI) applies to both men and women. To determine BMI, weight in kilograms is divided by height in meters, squared. To calculate your body mass index from the table below, locate your height in inches in the left-hand column, then follow it across until you locate your weight; the number at the very top is your body mass index. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight and one of 30 or above is considered obese.

Body Mass Index Chart
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Height
(inches)
Body Weight (pounds)
589196100105110115119124129134138143148153158162167
599499104109114119124128133138143148153158163168173
6097102107112118123128133138143148153158163168174179
61100106111116122127132137143148153158164169174180185
62104109115120126131136142147153158164169175180185191
63107113118124130135141146152158163169175180186191197
64110116122128134140145151157163169174180186192197204
65114120126132138144150156162168174180186192198204210
66118124130136142148155161167173179186192198204210216
67121127134140146153159166172178185191198204211217223
68125131138144151158164171177184190197203210216223230
69128135142149155162169176182189196203209216223230236
70132139146153160167174181188195202209216222229236243
71136143150157165172179186193200208215222229236243250
72140147154162169177184191199206213221228235242250258
73144151159166174182189197204212219227235242250257265
74148155163171179186194202210218225233241249256264272
75152160168176184192200208216224232240248256264272279
76156164172180189197205213221230238246254263271279287

Source: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

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