BMI of a 5′ 2″, 172 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 172 pounds and is 5 foot 2 inches tall?
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BMI = 31.46
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 31.46
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 25.7% 36.5%
19 25.9% 36.7%
20 26.2% 37.0%
21 26.4% 37.2%
22 26.6% 37.4%
23 26.8% 37.6%
24 27.1% 37.9%
25 27.3% 38.1%
26 27.5% 38.3%
27 27.8% 38.6%
Age Male Female
28 28.0% 38.8%
29 28.2% 39.0%
30 28.5% 39.3%
31 28.7% 39.5%
32 28.9% 39.7%
33 29.1% 39.9%
34 29.4% 40.2%
35 29.6% 40.4%
36 29.8% 40.6%
37 30.1% 40.9%
Age Male Female
38 30.3% 41.1%
39 30.5% 41.3%
40 30.8% 41.6%
41 31.0% 41.8%
42 31.2% 42.0%
43 31.4% 42.2%
44 31.7% 42.5%
45 31.9% 42.7%
46 32.1% 42.9%
47 32.4% 43.2%
Age Male Female
48 32.6% 43.4%
49 32.8% 43.6%
50 33.1% 43.9%
51 33.3% 44.1%
52 33.5% 44.3%
53 33.7% 44.5%
54 34.0% 44.8%
55 34.2% 45.0%