Health Education & Wellness
Body Mass Index

The term BMI is often used when discussing the obesity epidemic, but what is BMI?

BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is a number that shows body weight adjusted for height. BMI can be calculated with simple math using inches and pounds, or meters and kilograms. For adults aged 20 years or older, BMI falls into one of these categories: underweight, normal, overweight, or obese.

English Calculation

Metric Calculation
 


English Calculation

Height:  feet
and  inch(es)
Weight:  pounds
(Note: 8 ounces = 0.5 pounds)

Your BMI:

BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Normal
25.0 – 29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obese

Metric Calculation

Height:  Meters
(Note: 1 Meter = 100cm)
Weight:  Kilograms

Your BMI:

BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Normal
25.0 – 29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obese
Last Updated 08/27/2013 1:00 PM