BMI of a 5′ 3″, 172 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 172 pounds and is 5 foot 3 inches tall?
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BMI = 30.47
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 30.47
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 24.5% 35.3%
19 24.7% 35.5%
20 25.0% 35.8%
21 25.2% 36.0%
22 25.4% 36.2%
23 25.7% 36.5%
24 25.9% 36.7%
25 26.1% 36.9%
26 26.3% 37.1%
27 26.6% 37.4%
Age Male Female
28 26.8% 37.6%
29 27.0% 37.8%
30 27.3% 38.1%
31 27.5% 38.3%
32 27.7% 38.5%
33 28.0% 38.8%
34 28.2% 39.0%
35 28.4% 39.2%
36 28.6% 39.4%
37 28.9% 39.7%
Age Male Female
38 29.1% 39.9%
39 29.3% 40.1%
40 29.6% 40.4%
41 29.8% 40.6%
42 30.0% 40.8%
43 30.3% 41.1%
44 30.5% 41.3%
45 30.7% 41.5%
46 30.9% 41.7%
47 31.2% 42.0%
Age Male Female
48 31.4% 42.2%
49 31.6% 42.4%
50 31.9% 42.7%
51 32.1% 42.9%
52 32.3% 43.1%
53 32.6% 43.4%
54 32.8% 43.6%
55 33.0% 43.8%