Your Body Mass Index, or BMI, is an objective scientific measure, that uses your height and weight.
One variable BMI fails to consider is lean body mass. It is possible for a healthy, muscular individual with very low body fat to be classified as obese using the BMI formula. If you are a trained athlete, your weight based on your measured percentage of body fat would be a better indicator of what you should weigh.
This page includes a simple program to calculate your exact BMI and a height vs. weight chart that will approximate your BMI classification.
To use the program enter your height and weight in the boxes below, and then click “Calculate BMI”.
If your results are outside the "Desirable" range, you can use the graph below to determine your goal bodyweight that would put you in a healthier classification.
(I included this particular graph because I found the "politically correct" versions of the classifications to be amusing - Randy)
If your BMI is below 20:
If your BMI is between 20 and 22:
If your BMI is between 22 and 25:
If your BMI is between 25 and 30:
If your BMI is over 30:
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