BMI of a 5′ 1″, 157 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 157 pounds and is 5 foot 1 inches tall?
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BMI = 29.66
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 29.66
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 23.5% 34.3%
19 23.8% 34.6%
20 24.0% 34.8%
21 24.2% 35.0%
22 24.5% 35.3%
23 24.7% 35.5%
24 24.9% 35.7%
25 25.1% 35.9%
26 25.4% 36.2%
27 25.6% 36.4%
Age Male Female
28 25.8% 36.6%
29 26.1% 36.9%
30 26.3% 37.1%
31 26.5% 37.3%
32 26.8% 37.6%
33 27.0% 37.8%
34 27.2% 38.0%
35 27.4% 38.2%
36 27.7% 38.5%
37 27.9% 38.7%
Age Male Female
38 28.1% 38.9%
39 28.4% 39.2%
40 28.6% 39.4%
41 28.8% 39.6%
42 29.1% 39.9%
43 29.3% 40.1%
44 29.5% 40.3%
45 29.7% 40.5%
46 30.0% 40.8%
47 30.2% 41.0%
Age Male Female
48 30.4% 41.2%
49 30.7% 41.5%
50 30.9% 41.7%
51 31.1% 41.9%
52 31.4% 42.2%
53 31.6% 42.4%
54 31.8% 42.6%
55 32.0% 42.8%