Body Mass Index Chart

Directions: Find your weight in pounds or kilograms at along the top. Find your height along the left. Your BMI is where they intersect. This chart does not apply athletes, children and pregnant or lactating women.


BASED ON CLINICAL GUIDELINES ON THE IDENTIFICATION, EVALUATION, AND TREATMENT OF OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY IN ADULTS. NHLBI OBESITY EDUCATION INITIATIVE. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, 1998.

 
Underweight (BMI less than 18.5)
 
Healthy weight (BMI 18.5 to 24.9)
 
Overweight (BMI 25 to 29.9)
 
Obese (BMI 30 to 39.9)
 
Extremely obese (BMI 40 and above)

Calculating the BMI:

You can also use the following formula if you are outside the range of the table.

Example: for a person who is 65 inches (165 cm) tall weighing 150 lbs (68 kg).
English
1) Multiply weight by 704 150 x 704 = 105,600
2) Multiply height by itself 65 x 65 = 4,225
3) Divide the answer in step 1 by the answer
in step 2 to get BMI
105,600 divided by 4,225 = 24.99


BMI = 25 (rounded)
Metric
1) Multiply weight by 10,000 68 x 10,000 = 680,000
2) Multiply height by itself 165 x 165 = 27,225
3) Divide the answer in step 1 by the answer
in step 2 to get BMI
680,000 divided by 27,225 = 24.98


BMI = 25 (rounded)

Download a printable version of this page here: Printable BMI Table