BMI of a 5′ 2″, 157 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 157 pounds and is 5 foot 2 inches tall?
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BMI = 28.72
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 28.72
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 22.4% 33.2%
19 22.6% 33.4%
20 22.9% 33.7%
21 23.1% 33.9%
22 23.3% 34.1%
23 23.6% 34.4%
24 23.8% 34.6%
25 24.0% 34.8%
26 24.2% 35.0%
27 24.5% 35.3%
Age Male Female
28 24.7% 35.5%
29 24.9% 35.7%
30 25.2% 36.0%
31 25.4% 36.2%
32 25.6% 36.4%
33 25.9% 36.7%
34 26.1% 36.9%
35 26.3% 37.1%
36 26.5% 37.3%
37 26.8% 37.6%
Age Male Female
38 27.0% 37.8%
39 27.2% 38.0%
40 27.5% 38.3%
41 27.7% 38.5%
42 27.9% 38.7%
43 28.2% 39.0%
44 28.4% 39.2%
45 28.6% 39.4%
46 28.8% 39.6%
47 29.1% 39.9%
Age Male Female
48 29.3% 40.1%
49 29.5% 40.3%
50 29.8% 40.6%
51 30.0% 40.8%
52 30.2% 41.0%
53 30.5% 41.3%
54 30.7% 41.5%
55 30.9% 41.7%