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BMI Calculator – What is Your Body Mass Index?

September 4th, 2020 by 
PK

On this page is a BMI Calculator. BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a measure of whether a person is at a healthy weight.

Enter your height and weight in feet, inches, and pounds or meters and kilograms and we'll compute your Body Mass Index. In the results, we'll show you if that BMI is a healthy weight, or instead underweight, overweight, or obese.

Body Mass Index Calculator

Body Mass Index Formula

This calculator uses the Body Mass Index Formula. To compute body mass index, first (if needed) convert weight to kilograms and height to meters.

Then, simply divide weight in kilograms by height in meters squared to get BMI:

Weight in Kilograms
_______________
(Height in Meters) ^ 2

Body Mass Index Guidelines

The BMI calculator internally uses the United States Center for Disease Control guidelines for healthy BMI reports. The CDC gives suggested BMI ranges for underweight, healthy weight, overweight, and obese.

CDC BMI Categories

  • < 18.5 Underweight
  • 18.5 - 25 Healthy Weight
  • 25 - 30 Overweight
  • 30 and up Obese

Categories of Obesity

One BMI is in the obese category, the CDC categorizes levels of obesity. There are currently three levels:

  • 30 - 35 Class 1 Obesity
  • 35 - 40 Class 2 Obesity
  • 40 and up Class 3 Obesity
    • Also known as extreme or severe obesity
Manual weight scale
Weight Scale,close-up

BMI as a Measure of Health

For some percentage of people, BMI inaccurately classifies them as healthy or unhealthy. While Body Mass Index is an excellent measure at a population level, it does occasionally fail for individuals.

Adding additional variables can help sort out false categorizations.

Popularly, body fat percentage gives a better sense of healthy body composition. An athlete with low body fat and high levels of muscle might be improperly classified as overweight or obese. Likewise, a person with low levels of muscle but a normal weight might have an unhealthy body composition. As muscle mass varies with age, the effect becomes more extreme at lower and higher ages.

How Should You Use BMI and the BMI Calculator?

This calculator isn't health advice. If you are concerned about body composition and health you should consult a doctor, nutritionist, or other qualified professional.

Additionally, note that guidelines for body composition change based upon race and ethnicity, and different countries have different BMI guidelines. While BMI is a simple formula, BMI interpretation is best left to a qualified professional.

For our own health we prefer tracking body fat. See the body fat distribution for men and women in the United States. You can also estimate your body fat percentage.

More on BMI

Want to compare a BMI to a range? Try the BMI Percentile Calculator which shows a body mass index compared to the distribution of BMIs for American adults.

BMI Calculation for Men and Women

It's important to note that the distribution of BMIs varies for men and women. Once you calculate your BMI, head to these pages to see how it stacks up to the United States BMI distribution:

BMI Calculation by Age

For various reasons, BMI also varies by age. We've also broken down the BMI Distribution for your age group to better compare your BMI to your peers:

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