Body Mass Index Table - Follow Instructions to Determine Your BMI
11, 2013 - Since
1985, obesity among adults has risen
significantly in the United States. 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.
Although one of the national health objectives 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
Body 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.
Calculation of BMI by
BMI is calculated the same way for both adults and
children. The calculation is based on the following
Formula and Calculation
Kilograms and meters
Formula: weight (kg)
/ [height (m)]2
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
Calculation: 68 χ (1.65)2 =
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.