The Body Mass Index is a useful measure of an individual’s current weight related to an ideal body weight. An ideal BMI is generally between 20.5 and 21.5. A BMI greater than 30 is associated with increased cardiovascular risk and other health problems related to obesity.

To calculate your own Body Mass Index, enter your height (in feet and inches) and weight (in pounds) in the spaces below. Then click where it says “Click to Calculate BMI – Will Appear Below.”

Enter your Weight: lbs.
Enter your Height: Ft.
Your Body Mass Index is:
According to the Panel on Energy, Obesity, and
Body Weight Standards published by American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, your BMI category is considered to be:

The following table describes the health-risk significance of the BMI:

Men Women Risk Factor
<20.7 <19.1 Underweight. The lower the BMI the greater the risk
20.7 to 26.4 19.1 to 25.8 Normal, very low risk
26.4 to 27.8 25.8 to 27.3 Marginally overweight, some risk
27.8 to 31.1 27.3 to 32.2 Overweight. moderate risk
31.1 to 45.4 32.3 to 44.8 Severe overweight, high risk
> 45.4 > 44.8 Morbid obesity, very high risk


Sources: 1. Indiana University 2. Hamilton and Whitney’s Nutrition Concepts and Controversies