Last updated on: 8/5/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Find Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

Body Mass Index (BMI) Chart

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “overweight and obesity are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height… For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the ‘body mass index’ (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat.”

The average BMI in the United States is 27.8 for males and 28.1 for females. To find your BMI, use the chart below to locate your height first then scan across until you find your weight in one of the 16 BMI columns.

 
 Healthy WeightOverweightObese
BMI19202122232425262728293031323334
HeightBody Weight in Pounds
4’109196100105110115119124129134138143148153158162
4’119499104109114119124128133138143148153158163168
5′97102107112118123128133138143148153158163168174
5’1100106111116122127132137143148153158164169174180
5’2104109115120126131136142147153158164169175180186
5’3107113118124130135141146152158163169175180186191
5’4110116122128134140145151157163169174180186192197
5’5114120126132138144150156162168174180186192198204
5’6118124130136142148155161167173179186192198204210
5’7121127134140146153159166172178185191198204211217
5’8125131138144151158164171177184190197203210216223
5’9128135142149155162169176182189196203209216223230
5’10132139146153160167174181188195202209216222229236
5’11136143150157165172179186193200208215222229236243
6′140147154162169177184191199206213221228235242250
6’1144151159166174182189197204212219227235242250257
6’2148155163171179186194202210218225233241249256264
6’3152160168176184192200208216224232240248256264272
6’4156164172180189197205213221230238246254263271279
 Healthy WeightOverweightObese
BMI19202122232425262728293031323334
See how your BMI compares to national averages in 92 countries around the world.
Sources: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Defining Overweight and Obesity,” www.cdc.gov, June 21, 2010

Cynthia L. Ogden, et al., “Mean Body Weight, Height, and Body Mass Index, United States 1960-2002,” CDC publication Advance Data, Oct. 27, 2004