BMI of a 5′ 6″, 169 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 169 pounds and is 5 foot 6 inches tall?
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BMI = 27.28
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 27.28
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 20.7% 31.5%
19 20.9% 31.7%
20 21.1% 31.9%
21 21.4% 32.2%
22 21.6% 32.4%
23 21.8% 32.6%
24 22.1% 32.9%
25 22.3% 33.1%
26 22.5% 33.3%
27 22.7% 33.5%
Age Male Female
28 23.0% 33.8%
29 23.2% 34.0%
30 23.4% 34.2%
31 23.7% 34.5%
32 23.9% 34.7%
33 24.1% 34.9%
34 24.4% 35.2%
35 24.6% 35.4%
36 24.8% 35.6%
37 25.0% 35.8%
Age Male Female
38 25.3% 36.1%
39 25.5% 36.3%
40 25.7% 36.5%
41 26.0% 36.8%
42 26.2% 37.0%
43 26.4% 37.2%
44 26.7% 37.5%
45 26.9% 37.7%
46 27.1% 37.9%
47 27.3% 38.1%
Age Male Female
48 27.6% 38.4%
49 27.8% 38.6%
50 28.0% 38.8%
51 28.3% 39.1%
52 28.5% 39.3%
53 28.7% 39.5%
54 29.0% 39.8%
55 29.2% 40.0%