BMI of a 5′ 4″, 172 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 172 pounds and is 5 foot 4 inches tall?
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BMI = 29.52
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 29.52
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 23.4% 34.2%
19 23.6% 34.4%
20 23.8% 34.6%
21 24.1% 34.9%
22 24.3% 35.1%
23 24.5% 35.3%
24 24.7% 35.5%
25 25.0% 35.8%
26 25.2% 36.0%
27 25.4% 36.2%
Age Male Female
28 25.7% 36.5%
29 25.9% 36.7%
30 26.1% 36.9%
31 26.4% 37.2%
32 26.6% 37.4%
33 26.8% 37.6%
34 27.0% 37.8%
35 27.3% 38.1%
36 27.5% 38.3%
37 27.7% 38.5%
Age Male Female
38 28.0% 38.8%
39 28.2% 39.0%
40 28.4% 39.2%
41 28.7% 39.5%
42 28.9% 39.7%
43 29.1% 39.9%
44 29.3% 40.1%
45 29.6% 40.4%
46 29.8% 40.6%
47 30.0% 40.8%
Age Male Female
48 30.3% 41.1%
49 30.5% 41.3%
50 30.7% 41.5%
51 31.0% 41.8%
52 31.2% 42.0%
53 31.4% 42.2%
54 31.6% 42.4%
55 31.9% 42.7%