BMI of a 5′ 6″, 157 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 157 pounds and is 5 foot 6 inches tall?
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BMI = 25.34
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 25.34
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 18.3% 29.1%
19 18.6% 29.4%
20 18.8% 29.6%
21 19.0% 29.8%
22 19.3% 30.1%
23 19.5% 30.3%
24 19.7% 30.5%
25 20.0% 30.8%
26 20.2% 31.0%
27 20.4% 31.2%
Age Male Female
28 20.6% 31.4%
29 20.9% 31.7%
30 21.1% 31.9%
31 21.3% 32.1%
32 21.6% 32.4%
33 21.8% 32.6%
34 22.0% 32.8%
35 22.3% 33.1%
36 22.5% 33.3%
37 22.7% 33.5%
Age Male Female
38 22.9% 33.7%
39 23.2% 34.0%
40 23.4% 34.2%
41 23.6% 34.4%
42 23.9% 34.7%
43 24.1% 34.9%
44 24.3% 35.1%
45 24.6% 35.4%
46 24.8% 35.6%
47 25.0% 35.8%
Age Male Female
48 25.2% 36.0%
49 25.5% 36.3%
50 25.7% 36.5%
51 25.9% 36.7%
52 26.2% 37.0%
53 26.4% 37.2%
54 26.6% 37.4%
55 26.9% 37.7%