BMI of a 5′ 6″, 172 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 172 pounds and is 5 foot 6 inches tall?
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BMI = 27.76
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 27.76
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 21.3% 32.1%
19 21.5% 32.3%
20 21.7% 32.5%
21 21.9% 32.7%
22 22.2% 33.0%
23 22.4% 33.2%
24 22.6% 33.4%
25 22.9% 33.7%
26 23.1% 33.9%
27 23.3% 34.1%
Age Male Female
28 23.6% 34.4%
29 23.8% 34.6%
30 24.0% 34.8%
31 24.2% 35.0%
32 24.5% 35.3%
33 24.7% 35.5%
34 24.9% 35.7%
35 25.2% 36.0%
36 25.4% 36.2%
37 25.6% 36.4%
Age Male Female
38 25.9% 36.7%
39 26.1% 36.9%
40 26.3% 37.1%
41 26.5% 37.3%
42 26.8% 37.6%
43 27.0% 37.8%
44 27.2% 38.0%
45 27.5% 38.3%
46 27.7% 38.5%
47 27.9% 38.7%
Age Male Female
48 28.2% 39.0%
49 28.4% 39.2%
50 28.6% 39.4%
51 28.8% 39.6%
52 29.1% 39.9%
53 29.3% 40.1%
54 29.5% 40.3%
55 29.8% 40.6%