BMI of a 5′ 8″, 157 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 157 pounds and is 5 foot 8 inches tall?
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BMI = 23.87
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 23.87
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 16.6% 27.4%
19 16.8% 27.6%
20 17.0% 27.8%
21 17.3% 28.1%
22 17.5% 28.3%
23 17.7% 28.5%
24 18.0% 28.8%
25 18.2% 29.0%
26 18.4% 29.2%
27 18.7% 29.5%
Age Male Female
28 18.9% 29.7%
29 19.1% 29.9%
30 19.3% 30.1%
31 19.6% 30.4%
32 19.8% 30.6%
33 20.0% 30.8%
34 20.3% 31.1%
35 20.5% 31.3%
36 20.7% 31.5%
37 21.0% 31.8%
Age Male Female
38 21.2% 32.0%
39 21.4% 32.2%
40 21.6% 32.4%
41 21.9% 32.7%
42 22.1% 32.9%
43 22.3% 33.1%
44 22.6% 33.4%
45 22.8% 33.6%
46 23.0% 33.8%
47 23.3% 34.1%
Age Male Female
48 23.5% 34.3%
49 23.7% 34.5%
50 23.9% 34.7%
51 24.2% 35.0%
52 24.4% 35.2%
53 24.6% 35.4%
54 24.9% 35.7%
55 25.1% 35.9%