BMI of a 5′ 1″, 179 Pound Person

What is the BMI of a man or woman who weighs 179 pounds and is 5 foot 1 inches tall?
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For a 5′ 1″ tall person who weighs 179 lbs:
BMI = 33.82
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 33.82
These are rough estimates based on a formula, and do not reflect differences in muscularity, body types, etc...
Age Male Female
18 28.5% 39.3%
19 28.8% 39.6%
20 29.0% 39.8%
21 29.2% 40.0%
22 29.4% 40.2%
23 29.7% 40.5%
24 29.9% 40.7%
25 30.1% 40.9%
26 30.4% 41.2%
27 30.6% 41.4%
28 30.8% 41.6%
29 31.1% 41.9%
30 31.3% 42.1%
Age Male Female
31 31.5% 42.3%
32 31.7% 42.5%
33 32.0% 42.8%
34 32.2% 43.0%
35 32.4% 43.2%
36 32.7% 43.5%
37 32.9% 43.7%
38 33.1% 43.9%
39 33.4% 44.2%
40 33.6% 44.4%
41 33.8% 44.6%
42 34.0% 44.8%
43 34.3% 45.1%
Age Male Female
44 34.5% 45.3%
45 34.7% 45.5%
46 35.0% 45.8%
47 35.2% 46.0%
48 35.4% 46.2%
49 35.7% 46.5%
50 35.9% 46.7%
51 36.1% 46.9%
52 36.3% 47.1%
53 36.6% 47.4%
54 36.8% 47.6%
55 37.0% 47.8%