Body mass index (BMI) is a ratio of your height to your weight. The BMI is a measure of overweight that is corrected for height. Knowing your BMI is a way of finding whether you are at a healthy weight. The higher your BMI, the greater your risk for weight-related health problems.
BMI below 18.5: Underweight
BMI 18.5 to 24.9: Healthy weight or "ideal body weight"
BMI 25 to 29.9: Overweight
BMI 30 and over: Obese
BMI 40 and over: Severe obesity
BMI 50 and over: Super obesity
To figure your BMI, find your height and weight (or the numbers closest to them) on the chart below. Follow each column of numbers to where your height and weight meet on the chart. That is your BMI. You can also calculate your BMI using the formula below.
Using the BMI Formula
Multiply your weight in pounds by 703.
160 pounds x 703= 112480
Divide the answer by your height in inches.
112480 ÷ 63 inches= 1785
Divide this number by your height in inches again. This is your BMI.
1785 ÷ 63 inches= BMI of 28
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