Calculate Your Body Mass Index

Your Height:
The new NHLBI obesity guidelines propose that doctors use body mass index (BMI) to assess patients because the index is simple, correlates to fatness, and 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 at this site, insert your weight in pounds and select your height.  Click on the Compute button to see your body mass index.  A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight and one 30 or above is considered obese.
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Height Weight Tables

Prior to the development of the BMI, weight guidelines relied on data gathered by the life insurance industry.

 They are useful for "at a glance" information, but the figures are not as accurate or predictive as the BMI.

MEN
Height
(in shoes)
Small Frame Medium Frame Large Frame
5'2" 128-134 131-141 138-150
5'3" 130-136 133-143 140-153
5'4" 132-138 135-145 142-156
5'5" 134-140 137-148 144-160
5'6" 136-142 139-151 146-164
5'7" 138-145 142-154 149-168
5'8" 140-148 145-157 152-172
5'9" 142-151 148-160 155-176
5'10" 144-154 151-163 158-180
5'11" 146-157 154-166 161-184
6' 149-160 157-170 164-188
6'1" 152-164 160-174 168-192
6'2" 155-168 164-178 172-197
6'3" 158-172 167-182 176-202
6'4" 162-176 171-187 181-207

WOMEN
Height
(in shoes)
Small Frame Medium Frame Large Frame
4'10" 102-111 109-121 118-131
4'11" 103-113 111-123 120-134
5' 104-115 113-126 122-137
5'1" 106-118 115-129 125-140
5'2" 108-121 118-132 128-143
5'3" 111-124 121-135 131-147
5'4" 114-127 124-138 134-151
5'5" 117-130 127-141 137-155
5'6" 120-133 130-144 140-159
5'7" 123-136 133-147 143-163
5'8" 126-139 136-150 146-167
5'9" 129-142 139-153 149-170
5'10" 132-145 142-156 152-173
5'11" 135-148 145-159 155-176
6' 138-151 148-162 158-179

SOURCE: Build Study, 1979, Society of Actuaries and Associations of Life Insurance Medical Directors of America, Copyright 1983, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

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