BMI of a 5′ 5″, 172 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 172 pounds and is 5 foot 5 inches tall?
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BMI = 28.62
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 28.62
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 22.3% 33.1%
19 22.5% 33.3%
20 22.7% 33.5%
21 23.0% 33.8%
22 23.2% 34.0%
23 23.4% 34.2%
24 23.7% 34.5%
25 23.9% 34.7%
26 24.1% 34.9%
27 24.4% 35.2%
Age Male Female
28 24.6% 35.4%
29 24.8% 35.6%
30 25.0% 35.8%
31 25.3% 36.1%
32 25.5% 36.3%
33 25.7% 36.5%
34 26.0% 36.8%
35 26.2% 37.0%
36 26.4% 37.2%
37 26.7% 37.5%
Age Male Female
38 26.9% 37.7%
39 27.1% 37.9%
40 27.3% 38.1%
41 27.6% 38.4%
42 27.8% 38.6%
43 28.0% 38.8%
44 28.3% 39.1%
45 28.5% 39.3%
46 28.7% 39.5%
47 29.0% 39.8%
Age Male Female
48 29.2% 40.0%
49 29.4% 40.2%
50 29.6% 40.4%
51 29.9% 40.7%
52 30.1% 40.9%
53 30.3% 41.1%
54 30.6% 41.4%
55 30.8% 41.6%