Diseases & Conditions

Body Mass Index


Body Mass Index

Body mass index, or BMI, is a standard used to judge degree of body fat. It is determined by dividing an individual's weight in kilograms by an individual's height in meters squared.

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BMI tables are taking the place of the standard height-weight tables. BMI, along with waist measurement, can be used to check if an individual is at increased risk for developing a number of chronic diseases. Unlike height-weight tables, BMI takes into account body composition. Body composition is the ratio of lean tissue to fat tissue that makes up an individual's overall weight.

A BMI between 20 and 25 is desirable for most adults. People with a BMI between 25 and 29 are considered overweight. Those between the ranges of 27 and 29 may be at greater risk for other diseases if they have two or more risk factors. Risk factors are as follows:

  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • sleep apnea
  • type 2 diabetes
  • A BMI of more than 30 indicates obesity.

    Body Mass Index Chart
    BMI: 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35
    Height (inches) Body Weight (pounds)
    58 91 96 100 105 110 115 119 124 129 134 138 143 148 153 158 162 167
    59 94 99 104 109 114 119 124 128 133 138 143 148 153 158 163 168 173
    60 97 102 107 112 118 123 128 133 138 143 148 153 158 163 168 174 179
    61 100 106 111 116 122 127 132 137 143 148 153 158 164 169 174 180 185
    62 104 109 115 120 126 131 136 142 147 153 158 164 169 175 180 186 191
    63 107 113 118 124 130 135 141 146 152 158 163 169 175 180 186 191 197
    64 110 116 122 128 134 140 145 151 157 163 169 174 180 186 192 197 204
    65 114 120 126 132 138 144 150 156 162 168 174 180 186 192 198 204 210
    66 118 124 130 136 142 148 155 161 167 173 179 186 192 198 204 210 216
    67 121 127 134 140 146 153 159 166 172 178 185 191 198 204 211 217 223
    68 125 131 138 144 151 158 164 171 177 184 190 197 203 210 216 223 230
    69 128 135 142 149 155 162 169 176 182 189 196 203 209 216 223 230 236
    70 132 139 146 153 160 167 174 181 188 195 202 209 216 222 229 236 243
    71 136 143 150 157 165 172 179 186 193 200 208 215 222 229 236 243 250
    72 140 147 154 162 169 177 184 191 199 206 213 221 228 235 242 250 258
    73 144 151 159 166 174 182 189 197 204 212 219 227 235 242 250 257 265
    74 148 155 163 171 179 186 194 202 210 218 225 233 241 249 256 264 272
    75 152 160 168 176 184 192 200 208 216 224 232 240 248 256 264 272 279
    76 156 164 172 180 189 197 205 213 221 230 238 246 254 263 271 279 287