Figure Body Mass Index Chart

Locate the height of interest in the left-most column and read across the row for that height to the weight of interest. Follow the column of the weight up to the top row that lists the BMI. BMI of 19-24 is the healthy weight range, BMI of 25-29 is the overweight range, and BMI of 30 and above is in the obese range.

BMI

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

32

33

34

4'10"

91

96

100

1-5

11-

115

119

129 134

138

143

148

153

158

162

167

411"

94

99

104

109

114

119

124

128

133

138

143

148

153

158

163

168

173

5'

97

102

107

112

118

123

128

133

138

143

148

153

158

163

168

174

179

5'1"

100

106

111

116

122

127

132

137

143

148

153

158

164

169

174

180

185

5'2"

104

109

115

120

126

131

136

142

147

153

158

164

169

175

180

186

191

5'3"

107

113

118

124

130

135

141

146

152

158

163

169

175

180

186

191

197

5'4"

110

116

122

128

134

140

145

151

157

163

169

174

180

186

192

197

204

5'5"

114

120

126

132

138

144

150

156

162

168

174

180

186

192

198

204

210

5'6"

118

124

130

136

142

148

155

161

167

173

179

186

192

198

204

210

216

5'7"

121

127

134

140

146

153

159

166

172

178

185

191

198

204

211

217

223

5'8"

125

131

138

144

151

158

164

171

177

184

190

197

203

210

216

223

230

5'9"

128

135

142

149

155

162

169

176

182

189

196

203

209

216

223

230

236

5'10"

132

139

146

153

160

167

174

181

188

195

202

209

216

222

229

236

243

5'11"

136

143

150

157

165

172

179

186

193

200

208

215

222

229

236

243

250

6'

140

147

154

162

169

177

184

191

199

206

213

221

228

235

242

250

258

6'1"

144

151

159

166

174

182

189

197

204

212

219

227

235

242

250

257

265

6'2"

148

155

163

171

179

186

194

202

210

218

225

253

241

249

256

264

272

6'3"

152

160

168

176

184

192

200

208

216

224

232

233

248

256

264

272

Overweight

Source: Evidence Report of Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation and 1998. NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Obese

Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults,

Healthy Weight

Overweight

Source: Evidence Report of Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation and 1998. NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Obese

Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, measures more than 35 inches and a man whose waist measures more than 40 inches may be at particular risk for developing health problems. Studies indicate that increased abdominal or upper-body fat is related to the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke and is associated with an overall likelihood of death, especially premature death. Body fat concentrated in the lower body (around the hips, for example) seems to be less harmful.

Another way to measure obesity is to determine the percentage of your body that is fat. For men, a desirable percentage of body fat is under 25 percent; for women, under 35 percent. Body fat is most often measured by using special calipers to measure the skinfold thickness of the triceps and other parts of the body. Because half of all your fat is under the skin, this method is quite accurate when performed by an experienced professional. Other methods of estimating body fatness include underwater weighing and bioelectrical impedance.

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