BMI of a 5′ 0″, 172 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 172 pounds and is 5 foot 0 inches tall?
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BMI = 33.59
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 33.59
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 28.2% 39.0%
19 28.5% 39.3%
20 28.7% 39.5%
21 28.9% 39.7%
22 29.2% 40.0%
23 29.4% 40.2%
24 29.6% 40.4%
25 29.9% 40.7%
26 30.1% 40.9%
27 30.3% 41.1%
Age Male Female
28 30.5% 41.3%
29 30.8% 41.6%
30 31.0% 41.8%
31 31.2% 42.0%
32 31.5% 42.3%
33 31.7% 42.5%
34 31.9% 42.7%
35 32.2% 43.0%
36 32.4% 43.2%
37 32.6% 43.4%
Age Male Female
38 32.8% 43.6%
39 33.1% 43.9%
40 33.3% 44.1%
41 33.5% 44.3%
42 33.8% 44.6%
43 34.0% 44.8%
44 34.2% 45.0%
45 34.5% 45.3%
46 34.7% 45.5%
47 34.9% 45.7%
Age Male Female
48 35.1% 45.9%
49 35.4% 46.2%
50 35.6% 46.4%
51 35.8% 46.6%
52 36.1% 46.9%
53 36.3% 47.1%
54 36.5% 47.3%
55 36.8% 47.6%