BMI of a 5′ 11″, 172 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 172 pounds and is 5 foot 11 inches tall?
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BMI = 23.99
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 23.99
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 16.7% 27.5%
19 17.0% 27.8%
20 17.2% 28.0%
21 17.4% 28.2%
22 17.6% 28.4%
23 17.9% 28.7%
24 18.1% 28.9%
25 18.3% 29.1%
26 18.6% 29.4%
27 18.8% 29.6%
Age Male Female
28 19.0% 29.8%
29 19.3% 30.1%
30 19.5% 30.3%
31 19.7% 30.5%
32 19.9% 30.7%
33 20.2% 31.0%
34 20.4% 31.2%
35 20.6% 31.4%
36 20.9% 31.7%
37 21.1% 31.9%
Age Male Female
38 21.3% 32.1%
39 21.6% 32.4%
40 21.8% 32.6%
41 22.0% 32.8%
42 22.2% 33.0%
43 22.5% 33.3%
44 22.7% 33.5%
45 22.9% 33.7%
46 23.2% 34.0%
47 23.4% 34.2%
Age Male Female
48 23.6% 34.4%
49 23.9% 34.7%
50 24.1% 34.9%
51 24.3% 35.1%
52 24.5% 35.3%
53 24.8% 35.6%
54 25.0% 35.8%
55 25.2% 36.0%