The Body Mass Index (BMI) chart below only provide a rough idea of whether our weight, in proportion of our height falls under underweight, normal, overweight or obese category. Reading differs from one place to another. For example, in some countries, BMI of over 32 is considered obese.
Body Mass Index Table
|Height (cm)||Underweight BMI: 18.4 and below||Normal BMI : 18.5- 24.9||Overweight BMI 25- 29.9||Obese BMI: 30 & Above|
|147||149.9||≤ 40.9kg||41- 53.9kg||54- 64.9kg||≥ 65kg|
|150||151.9||≤ 42.9kg||43- 55.9kg||56- 66.9kg||≥ 67kg|
|152||154.9||≤ 43.9kg||44- 57.9kg||58- 68.9kg||≥ 69kg|
|155||156.9||≤ 44.9kg||45- 59.9kg||60- 71.9kg||≥ 72kg|
|157||159.9||≤ 46.9kg||47- 61.9kg||62- 73.9kg||≥ 74kg|
|160||162.9||≤ 48.9kg||49- 63.9kg||64- 76.9kg||≥ 77kg|
|163||164.9||≤ 49.9kg||50- 65.9kg||66- 78.9kg||≥ 79kg|
|165||167.9||≤ 51.9kg||52- 67.9kg||68- 81.9kg||≥ 82kg|
|168||169.9||≤ 53.9kg||54- 69.9kg||70- 83.9kg||≥ 84kg|
|170||171.9||≤ 54.9kg||55- 71.9kg||72- 86.9kg||≥ 87kg|
|172||174.9||≤ 56.9kg||57- 73.9kg||74- 88.9kg||≥ 89kg|
|175||177.9||≤ 57.9kg||58- 76.9kg||77- 91.9kg||≥ 92kg|
|178||179.9||≤ 59.9kg||60- 78.9kg||79- 94.9kg||≥ 95kg|
|180||182.9||≤ 61.9kg||62- 80.9kg||81- 97.9kg||≥ 98kg|
|183||184.9||≤ 63.9kg||64- 82.9kg||83- 99.9kg||≥ 100kg|
|185||187.9||≤ 64.9kg||65- 85.9kg||86- 102.9kg||≥ 103kg|
|188||190.9||≤ 66.9kg||67- 87.9kg||88- 105.9kg||≥ 106kg|
|191||192.9||≤ 68.9kg||69- 90.9kg||91- 108.9kg||≥ 109kg|
|≥ 193||≤ 70.9kg||71- 92.9kg||93- 111.9kg||≥ 112kg|
Giving an example, supposed a person is 173cm tall and weighs 75kg, the chart places the person in overweight category.
Please note that BMI -through using weight (in kg) and divide by square root of height (in meter) is not accurate for the following categories:
- Weight lifters- those with high muscle mass
- Pregnant or breast feeding women
- Senior citizens aged 60 and above as overall weight may reduce due to decreased bone density.
If you want accurate measurement, surprising using the BMI clippers is quite accurate. Basically you use something that resembles a plastic clipper and you pinch and measure how much of flesh that you managed to pinch at 3 fixed areas- arms, stomach and thigh areas (it is different between man and woman). After you get the measurement, you feed into a complicated formula that will help you calculate the BMI. For body builders who are heavy in weight but have high proportion of lean mass, you will not be able to pinch out much flesh out- so when you feed it into the formula, the BMI will not give an indication of an obese individual.