BMI of a 5′ 7″, 172 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 172 pounds and is 5 foot 7 inches tall?
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BMI = 26.94
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 26.94
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 20.3% 31.1%
19 20.5% 31.3%
20 20.7% 31.5%
21 21.0% 31.8%
22 21.2% 32.0%
23 21.4% 32.2%
24 21.6% 32.4%
25 21.9% 32.7%
26 22.1% 32.9%
27 22.3% 33.1%
Age Male Female
28 22.6% 33.4%
29 22.8% 33.6%
30 23.0% 33.8%
31 23.3% 34.1%
32 23.5% 34.3%
33 23.7% 34.5%
34 23.9% 34.7%
35 24.2% 35.0%
36 24.4% 35.2%
37 24.6% 35.4%
Age Male Female
38 24.9% 35.7%
39 25.1% 35.9%
40 25.3% 36.1%
41 25.6% 36.4%
42 25.8% 36.6%
43 26.0% 36.8%
44 26.2% 37.0%
45 26.5% 37.3%
46 26.7% 37.5%
47 26.9% 37.7%
Age Male Female
48 27.2% 38.0%
49 27.4% 38.2%
50 27.6% 38.4%
51 27.9% 38.7%
52 28.1% 38.9%
53 28.3% 39.1%
54 28.5% 39.3%
55 28.8% 39.6%