BMI of a 5′ 1″, 172 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 172 pounds and is 5 foot 1 inches tall?
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BMI = 32.50
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 32.50
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 26.9% 37.7%
19 27.2% 38.0%
20 27.4% 38.2%
21 27.6% 38.4%
22 27.9% 38.7%
23 28.1% 38.9%
24 28.3% 39.1%
25 28.6% 39.4%
26 28.8% 39.6%
27 29.0% 39.8%
Age Male Female
28 29.2% 40.0%
29 29.5% 40.3%
30 29.7% 40.5%
31 29.9% 40.7%
32 30.2% 41.0%
33 30.4% 41.2%
34 30.6% 41.4%
35 30.9% 41.7%
36 31.1% 41.9%
37 31.3% 42.1%
Age Male Female
38 31.5% 42.3%
39 31.8% 42.6%
40 32.0% 42.8%
41 32.2% 43.0%
42 32.5% 43.3%
43 32.7% 43.5%
44 32.9% 43.7%
45 33.2% 44.0%
46 33.4% 44.2%
47 33.6% 44.4%
Age Male Female
48 33.8% 44.6%
49 34.1% 44.9%
50 34.3% 45.1%
51 34.5% 45.3%
52 34.8% 45.6%
53 35.0% 45.8%
54 35.2% 46.0%
55 35.5% 46.3%