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Body Mass Index Table

Since 1985, obesity among adults has risen significantly in the United States. The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that 30 percent of U.S. adults 20 years of age and older - over 60 million people - are obese.

These increasing rates raise concern because of their implications for Americans’ health. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions.

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Although one of the national health objectives for the year 2010 is to reduce the prevalence of obesity among adults to less than 15%, current data indicate that the situation is worsening rather than improving.

Maintain a Reasonable Body Mass

Click to Larger ViewBody mass index (BMI) is a measure of body weight relative to height. You can use BMI to see whether you are underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. Use the body mass index table to find your BMI.

   >  Find your height in the left-hand column.

   >  Move across in the same row to the number closest to your weight.

   >  The number at the top of that column is your BMI. Check the word above your BMI to see whether you are normal weight, overweight, or obese.

Note: First panel continues to extension below.

For a printer-friendly version of this table, use the pdf.*

 

Normal

Overweight

Obese

BMI

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

32

33

34

35

36

Height
(inches)

Body Weight (pounds)

58

91

96

100

105

110

115

119

124

129

134

138

143

148

153

158

162

167

172

59

94

99

104

109

114

119

124

128

133

138

143

148

153

158

163

168

173

178

60

97

102

107

112

118

123

128

133

138

143

148

153

158

163

168

174

179

184

61

100

106

111

116

122

127

132

137

143

148

153

158

164

169

174

180

185

190

62

104

109

115

120

126

131

136

142

147

153

158

164

169

175

180

186

191

196

63

107

113

118

124

130

135

141

146

152

158

163

169

175

180

186

191

197

203

64

110

116

122

128

134

140

145

151

157

163

169

174

180

186

192

197

204

209

65

114

120

126

132

138

144

150

156

162

168

174

180

186

192

198

204

210

216

66

118

124

130

136

142

148

155

161

167

173

179

186

192

198

204

210

216

223

67

121

127

134

140

146

153

159

166

172

178

185

191

198

204

211

217

223

230

68

125

131

138

144

151

158

164

171

177

184

190

197

203

210

216

223

230

236

69

128

135

142

149

155

162

169

176

182

189

196

203

209

216

223

230

236

243

70

132

139

146

153

160

167

174

181

188

195

202

209

216

222

229

236

243

250

71

136

143

150

157

165

172

179

186

193

200

208

215

222

229

236

243

250

257

72

140

147

154

162

169

177

184

191

199

206

213

221

228

235

242

250

258

265

73

144

151

159

166

174

182

189

197

204

212

219

227

235

242

250

257

265

272

74

148

155

163

171

179

186

194

202

210

218

225

233

241

249

256

264

272

280

75

152

160

168

176

184

192

200

208

216

224

232

240

248

256

264

272

279

287

76

156

164

172

180

189

197

205

213

221

230

238

246

254

263

271

279

287

295

     Continued below

 

Obese

Extreme Obesity

BMI

37

38

39

40

41

42

43

44

45

46

47

48

49

50

51

52

53

54

Height
(inches)

Body Weight (pounds)

58

177

181

186

191

196

201

205

210

215

220

224

229

234

239

244

248

253

258

59

183

188

193

198

203

208

212

217

222

227

232

237

242

247

252

257

262

267

60

189

194

199

204

209

215

220

225

230

235

240

245

250

255

261

266

271

276

61

195

201

206

211

217

222

227

232

238

243

248

254

259

264

269

275

280

285

62

202

207

213

218

224

229

235

240

246

251

256

262

267

273

278

284

289

295

63

208

214

220

225

231

237

242

248

254

259

265

270

278

282

287

293

299

304

64

215

221

227

232

238

244

250

256

262

267

273

279

285

291

296

302

308

314

65

222

228

234

240

246

252

258

264

270

276

282

288

294

300

306

312

318

324

66

229

235

241

247

253

260

266

272

278

284

291

297

303

309

315

322

328

334

67

236

242

249

255

261

268

274

280

287

293

299

306

312

319

325

331

338

344

68

243

249

256

262

269

276

282

289

295

302

308

315

322

328

335

341

348

354

69

250

257

263

270

277

284

291

297

304

311

318

324

331

338

345

351

358

365

70

257

264

271

278

285

292

299

306

313

320

327

334

341

348

355

362

369

376

71

265

272

279

286

293

301

308

315

322

329

338

343

351

358

365

372

379

386

72

272

279

287

294

302

309

316

324

331

338

346

353

361

368

375

383

390

397

73

280

288

295

302

310

318

325

333

340

348

355

363

371

378

386

393

401

408

74

287

295

303

311

319

326

334

342

350

358

365

373

381

389

396

404

412

420

75

295

303

311

319

327

335

343

351

359

367

375

383

391

399

407

415

423

431

76

304

312

320

328

336

344

353

361

369

377

385

394

402

410

418

426

435

443

>> Click to BMI calculator and more at Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

>> About BMI at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

How is BMI calculated and interpreted?

Calculation of BMI by CDC
BMI is calculated the same way for both adults and children. The calculation is based on the following formulas:

Measurement Units
Formula and Calculation
Kilograms and meters (or centimeters) Formula: weight (kg) / [height (m)]2

With the metric system, the formula for BMI is weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. Since height is commonly measured in centimeters, divide height in centimeters by 100 to obtain height in meters.

Example: Weight = 68 kg, Height = 165 cm (1.65 m)
Calculation: 68 χ (1.65)2 = 24.98

Pounds and inches Formula: weight (lb) / [height (in)]2 x 703

Calculate BMI by dividing weight in pounds (lbs) by height in inches (in) squared and multiplying by a conversion factor of 703.

Example: Weight = 150 lbs, Height = 5'5" (65")
Calculation: [150 χ (65)2] x 703 = 24.96

 

 

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