BMI of a 5′ 8″, 137 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 137 pounds and is 5 foot 8 inches tall?
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BMI = 20.83
Note: BMI is the same for men and women.

Am I Overweight?

Here are the BMI standards as set by the World Heath Organization:

BMICategory
< 18.5Underweight
18.5 - 25Healthy Weight
25 - 30Overweight
> 30Obese

In the United States, the average BMI for adults is 28.8.

BMI Formula

Metric
BMI = kg / m2

Imperial
BMI = (lbs * 0.45359237) / (inches * 0.0254)2

Simplified
BMI = 703 * lbs / inches2

Is BMI Worth Using?

Body Mass Index is a very simplistic method of determining whether a person is overweight. It does not taken into account a person's frame, gender, or muscularity. Furthermore, at least one study has suggested that slightly overweight people may live longer than people in the "normal" range.

Nevertheless, BMI is highly correlated with body fat % and is a decent enough yardstick of a healthy weight.

Body fat estimates for a person with a BMI of 20.83
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 12.9% 23.7%
19 13.2% 24.0%
20 13.4% 24.2%
21 13.6% 24.4%
22 13.9% 24.7%
23 14.1% 24.9%
24 14.3% 25.1%
25 14.5% 25.3%
26 14.8% 25.6%
27 15.0% 25.8%
Age Male Female
28 15.2% 26.0%
29 15.5% 26.3%
30 15.7% 26.5%
31 15.9% 26.7%
32 16.2% 27.0%
33 16.4% 27.2%
34 16.6% 27.4%
35 16.8% 27.6%
36 17.1% 27.9%
37 17.3% 28.1%
Age Male Female
38 17.5% 28.3%
39 17.8% 28.6%
40 18.0% 28.8%
41 18.2% 29.0%
42 18.5% 29.3%
43 18.7% 29.5%
44 18.9% 29.7%
45 19.1% 29.9%
46 19.4% 30.2%
47 19.6% 30.4%
Age Male Female
48 19.8% 30.6%
49 20.1% 30.9%
50 20.3% 31.1%
51 20.5% 31.3%
52 20.8% 31.6%
53 21.0% 31.8%
54 21.2% 32.0%
55 21.4% 32.2%