Weight, Obesity, and BMI

April 25th, 2008

Did you know 1 out of 3 Americans is obese? 2 out of 3 are overweight? Yep, according to a 2007 CDC study. And according to a 2007 worldwide study, 40% of adults are overweight, with 25% being obese. Holy crap. More people are obese than underweight worldwide (WHO 2000). And don’t forget the childrens – 15% of those ages 6-19 are overweight according to 2000 CDC data, triple what it was in 1980 (more stats).

But how much do you have to weigh to be considered obese? Well, you are considered obese if you have a BMI greater than 30, and overweight if its greater than 25.

What is BMI? Body Mass Index. It’s the most popular, accurate way (heh, way, pun) to measure obesity (sort of). It’s a simple formula based on your weight (lbs or kg) and height (inches or meters). According to CDC, the BMI formula is 703 x (lbs) / (inches^2), or if you are from metric land, its just weight (kg) / [height (m)]2. For me, I have a 23.7 BMI, thats 703 x 175 lbs / (72 inches)^2 = 23.7, or 79.4 kg / (1.83 meters)^2 = 23.7 in metric talk. Heres my BMI results from this BMI Calculator, which gives you a nice chart like this:

BMI Weight Range (6′ tall) Weight Status
18.4 and Below 135.7 lbs and Below Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 136.4 – 183.6 lbs Normal
25.0 – 29.9 184.4 – 220.5 lbs Overweight
30.0 – 34.9 221.2 – 257.4 lbs Obese (moderate)
35.0 – 39.9 258.1 – 294.2 lbs Obese (severe)
40.0 and Above 295.0 lbs and Above Obese (very severe)

If you’re 20 years or older, its the same for men and women. Here’s a BMI Calculator for those under 20. If you ain’t feeling this math or the BMI thing, don’t worry – I crunched the numbers and made this reference chart.

Weight Chart, Over 20 years old

Height Normal Weight Range Obese
5 ft, 0 inches 94.7 – 127.7 lbs 153.3 or more
5 ft, 1 inches 97.9 – 132.0 lbs 158.5 or more
5 ft, 2 inches 101.1 – 136.4 lbs 163.7 or more
5 ft, 3 inches 104.4 – 140.8 lbs 169.0 or more
5 ft, 4 inches 107.7 – 145.3 lbs 174.5 or more
5 ft, 5 inches 111.1 – 149.9 lbs 179.9 or more
5 ft, 6 inches 114.6 – 154.5 lbs 185.5 or more
5 ft, 7 inches 118.1 – 159.3 lbs 191.2 or more
5 ft, 8 inches 121.6 – 164.1 lbs 196.9 or more
5 ft, 9 inches 125.2 – 168.9 lbs 202.8 or more
5 ft, 10 inches 128.9 – 173.8 lbs 208.7 or more
5 ft, 11 inches 132.6 – 178.9 lbs 214.7 or more
6 ft, 0 inches 136.4 – 183.9 lbs 220.8 or more
6 ft, 1 inches 140.2 – 189.1 lbs 227.0 or more
6 ft, 2 inches 144.1 – 194.3 lbs 233.2 or more
6 ft, 3 inches 148.0 – 199.6 lbs 239.6 or more
6 ft, 4 inches 152.0 – 204.9 lbs 246.0 or more
6 ft, 5 inches 156.0 – 210.4 lbs 252.5 or more
6 ft, 6 inches 160.1 – 215.9 lbs 259.1 or more
6 ft, 7 inches 164.2 – 221.4 lbs 265.8 or more
6 ft, 8 inches 168.4 – 227.1 lbs 272.6 or more


I’m not sure I trust CDC entirely. This 2006 CDC study said no change in American obesity since 2003-2004. But by their own numbers, obesity went up 2% overall, almost a 7% increase (males up 7.1% from 31.1% to 33.3%, females up 6.3% from 33.2% to 35.3%). At that rate the number of obese people will more than double in 11 years. Yes, no-increase means double in 11 years. Hello? Is this the new Bush-Era Science?

  1. Dwayne
    June 4th, 2010 at 11:07 | #1

    Got to watch your weight! Not only for the sake of being healthy but it can also mess with you in other ways. My Insurance Expert told me I could have fallen into a better plan if I lost some weight. It wouldn’t save me tons of money and make me rich by any means, but saving is saving.

  2. Tony
    August 4th, 2012 at 14:53 | #2

    How can 137 lbs for a 6ft man be “normal”?? Sounds incredible!!!
    Way too skinny! I was as low as 160 lbs and looked VERY skinny!

  3. tyler
    February 17th, 2015 at 11:31 | #3

    i totally agree i am 6 foot too and am about 200 pounds i feel like i am at a good weight.

  4. blair godlesky
    April 15th, 2015 at 11:29 | #4

    im 6 foot 3 inches and also a bean pole how am i class 1 obese? i weigh 242 and im obese?! im tall and bone like nothing jiggles so how the hell am i obese?! please answer this….for i am confused

  5. July 28th, 2015 at 21:48 | #5

    Too be quite honest I am built rather stocky and if I was in the weight it says I should be I would look like bone I am nearly six feet and overweight but not obese and it says I should be 7 or 8 feet to not be obese… This probably applies to a skinny build wrap your index finger and thumb of your non dominant hand around your dominant(writing hand) wrist and if your fingers overlay your a skinny build… If your fingers touch or barely touch your medium build… If they don’t touch or are nowhere near touching your stock built like me… So it does matter on your build hope this helps

  6. Deb
    August 3rd, 2015 at 08:40 | #6

    It’s impossible that a 6’7 young male’s highest weight should be 221.as a normal weight and that 265 is overweight . My son is a 6’7, 300 lb . football player and in 11th grade. No one has ever said nor does he look overweight. However at 221 he would look anorexic. Certainly bone structure must factor into this somehow.

  7. Raquel Minard
    August 11th, 2015 at 19:56 | #7

    I’m 6 feet tall and weigh 120. Apparently I’m underweight….. I had no idea.

  8. clark
    September 3rd, 2015 at 23:22 | #8

    Yal people that work out in the gym a lot can be just as unhealthy being 6 ft 210 lbs of muscle mass. More power to you if plan on doing work out plans same from when your 20 to your dead. Other wise all your muscle turns to fat… I agree in being healthy but not with weights and bulking up to look like Roman carved statue. .. just kyak walk run swim stay active you will be alright.. I assume all yal people confused work with weights every day

  9. Collin
    September 10th, 2015 at 22:42 | #9

    As guy who is 190 and 6’8″ I can see how this is confusing. It really has to do with fat ratios. If you are 6′ with 20% fat obviously that’s bad. I’ve been as high as 245 but that wasn’t healthy either because I didn’t build any muscle with that weight

  10. Stephanie
    September 22nd, 2015 at 09:24 | #10

    I have a nephew that is 30 years old, 5’11” and wears a 4x in clothes. His immune system is compromised. How do I get him to change.

  11. Stephen ray powell
    November 17th, 2015 at 22:15 | #11

    Your numbers seem off. 1 in 3 obese, 2 in 3 overweight. I guess I don’t count…..

  12. rob
    January 1st, 2016 at 13:44 | #12

    well I’m 6’0 and 205 but i currently goto the gym and am going until i get to 170 so i guess I’m in shape, but i just turned 20 1 and a half months ago so I can definitly lose 30 pounds in a month if i work my ass off but thats only because I’m young so i better do it now before I’m 50 and I’m old and get to the point where i want to lose 10 pounds which will take months for a 50 year old lol

  13. Carly
    January 3rd, 2016 at 19:41 | #13

    Would 5’0 and 145pounds count as Obiece

  14. Mark
    February 18th, 2016 at 20:06 | #14

    I am 14 years old I am 6’3 and weigh 210 is that bad or good.I play basketball and football

  15. Josh
    February 23rd, 2016 at 20:17 | #15

    I am 20 and 6 foot tall at 210 pounds I had abbs showing the scale doesn’t account for muscle mass

  16. Rafael
    May 5th, 2016 at 00:05 | #16

    Well I wanted to see the average weight for a guy my height and am 21 years old and I barley exercise I mostly eat and see bits of fat which is good I guess but I don’t have fat in any other place in my body only my stomach and I feel as tho I would love to reach 185 and stay at that weight I also play basketball I’m not any good but I play and I’m flat footed I always wanted to jump high but unfortunately I can’t no matter how hard I try are these things normal for a person my height i weigh 224 and I just have what looks like a small beer belly also is it normal that my left knee feels weaker than my right matter a fact my whole left leg feels completely lighter than my right leg I’ve been to the doctors many times and they have no answers please some one let me know

  17. Zach
    May 23rd, 2016 at 09:37 | #17

    I weigh 182 weight lift daily and I’m 5’11 and I’m not that fat so………..

  18. loudfastreal
    May 25th, 2016 at 02:23 | #18

    Muscle weighs more than fat. You could be pure muscle and be considered obese.

  19. John
    May 25th, 2016 at 20:44 | #19

    That’s is the silliest thing I have ever heard. Yes cardio is needed but muscle does not turn to fat if you are someone who continuously works out. As you get older if you up your cardio and eat healthy it ain’t turning to fat. I lift every day and skate and kayak and hike and run … Building lean muscle daily … Prolly look a lot more in shape than you now at 25 and will when I am 65 you have too be well rounded. @clark

  20. Darlene
    May 30th, 2016 at 17:58 | #20

    May be hypotonia….look it up.

  21. June 7th, 2016 at 17:24 | #21

    I am 14 years old in 5ft 3in, I currently weight 172.6 I am very unconfident adout my body o would love if someone would reply back and tell me if my weight is normal or obese

  22. Chase
    June 8th, 2016 at 10:42 | #22

    I’m 14 and I’m 6ft 160lb. I agree that 136 is way to skinny for a person that is 6ft.

  23. Chase
    June 8th, 2016 at 10:52 | #23

    I’m am a 14 year old boy. I am 6.5 feet tall and 160 pounds. Im about 2% to 3% body fat and I’m a very lean guy. This chart is very off in its calculations.

  24. Susan
    June 22nd, 2016 at 08:47 | #24

    This Chart is a crock of shit. I am 5.5 according to this chart I am obese. I am 240 pounds but have dense bones and am very muscular. I Have not gained any weight since I finished Growing 5 years ago. Women In my family are all Cuervaceous. If you look at me I am not fat.

  25. Holly
    July 25th, 2016 at 21:06 | #25

    Wow so me being 28 and 4 natural births and I’m supposed to weigh 119 lbs? Well I look very good in my 140lbs big booty. Thanks america for one more person feeling bad about them selves.

  26. August 7th, 2016 at 12:50 | #26

    OK. So I’m a 11 year old girl and I’m 5 ft. tall. So what is average weight for my height and average? So could someone please answer my question? Because school is about to start and I’ll be in mid school (I’m young to be in mid school), the worst time to be cubby. And since I’m going to be a mid schooler, I’m aloud to priticipate in sports and I really want to play basketball. But if I’m not in shape, I can’t. I also don’t want people laugh at me.

  27. Joe
    August 15th, 2016 at 17:25 | #27

    I am 16 years old and if i weigh 280 and im 6’4 am i over weight, i am a lineman for football. And i tested my body fat and im currently 19%, am i overweight and is 19% high?

  28. Linda
    August 31st, 2016 at 01:18 | #28

    Collin my nephew is just turn 23 in May. He is 6 ‘ 8 1/2″ and he been since he’s was in the 7th grade. He of course hated being that tall so young but he wore a size 28 ,29 waist. 36 length.Try finding those bad boys off the rack. However he went into the navy he put on weight and I don’t know if he is even over 200 lbs now but his waist went up to a 32,34. He looks healthier than he ever has. Now he thinks he’s fat. He’s not even close. I myself am now 52 and when I got married at 23 I weighed 105 and thought I was fat now i weigh 180 . Nobody believes me till I step on the scale. I’m now 5 ft 2 1/2 now I lost 1/2 in due to spinal neck fusion. I weigh way more now than I ever did pregnant all three times. I went into the army at 18. I was one of those who but on weight of course muscle weight. My son just turned 17 .He didn’t hit 100 lbs until he was almost 16. Dear Jesus I thought he won the lottery. He was around 5’ 3″ until he actually just hit a growth spurt now he is almost 5 ft 7. My girls are much older 29 now and 26. They were tiny and still are. The Dr’s worried about Their growth until I explained to them that there father was only 5 ‘6″ So by their calculations none of my children should have been taller than 5 ft 2 in. Well my 29 year old is 5 ft 7 1/2. Like I stated my now 17 year old is already 5’ 7″ and it’s all he can due to stay over 100 lbs. He’s definitely not a couch potato he’s and outside kid by choice as we’re his sisters. My point is weight and height is being measured on ” average ” there is no longer average. I think as long has your blood pressure is fine your cholesterol is good your not diabetic an healthy why does everyone feel the need to live in side the parameters of what is considered average. I would like to know how they come up with average now days cause I see no such thing. I do think back in the early 1900s late 1800s that people were more symmetrical if you will. Now I think it a bunch of B.S.
    I am just putting in my 2 cents. I was a LPN and An EMT. So I do have some medical back ground
    I just think average definitely died in the 20th century ;). Thanks

  29. Linda
    August 31st, 2016 at 01:27 | #29

    Hey Rob lol we 50 years Olds can still read with reading glasses. I think I could take off 50 lbs at 52 that would mean I’m sick sick sick. I barely eat as it is but your 100 percent correct. Maintain long as your happy and can cause once you hit 50 it like you don’t even know who’s body your in. No disrespect intended just poking at ya. Thank you Linda

  30. Linda
    August 31st, 2016 at 01:36 | #30

    Have they actually measured your legs separately. Start at your hip joint hold your foot straight up then Measure . Just make sure by you feeling the socket and ball in your hip and measure exactly from there to your heal. To see if they are both the same length…

  31. Dillon
    September 19th, 2016 at 04:51 | #31

    I am a 6’8″ Hispanic male who weighs about 300 pounds, but I do not work out or play sports anymore since I recently graduated from high school. I am by no means fat. I am built like a lumberjack. This chart seems to have a few things a little bit off if 227.1 lbs is overweight for this height. I feel like being that weight at that height most likely means that you are underweight. I have never heard of such obscene measurements. I don’t think anyone is that weight at 6’8″, unless they are anorexic.

  32. Otto Feuge
    September 20th, 2016 at 18:24 | #32

    Football player i think its kinda different, even JJ Watt would be considered obese he’s 298 and 6’6″

  33. Eric
    October 17th, 2016 at 09:14 | #33

    Idk. I’m 6’1 and weigh like 140. End of high school I was 135. I’m skinny but I have a fair bit of muscle and I don’t think I look anorexic or anything ha.

  34. October 22nd, 2016 at 13:11 | #34

    Im 12 5’10 and 181.3 bmi is 33 but since i have a athletic legs its at 36 because a 33 is too tight for my thighs and legs but its not tight on my waist i gotta wear a belt the doctor says im not overweight he says i need 8 more pounds before im overweight he says its muscle because of my body structure i get most of my weight from my upper thigh to my calf.

  35. Troy
    October 27th, 2016 at 06:52 | #35

    Im Troy bob joe and i way 1 ton and im 23 ft tall and drink lots of bleach does this mean im a fat guy on a diet

  36. timmy junior
    November 1st, 2016 at 12:33 | #36

    im 5 ft weigh 205 and am 13

  37. Alex
    November 23rd, 2016 at 19:46 | #37

    I’m 6″2 and I weight 201.2 lbs and I’m not fat at all I’m not skinny but I’m not fat u can’t even see my stomach

  38. Jane
    November 26th, 2016 at 00:30 | #38

    Don’t worry about it your not obese you are normal height and weight the world is just full of anorexics and it’s normal

  39. Jane
    November 26th, 2016 at 00:31 | #39

    that’s not bad

  40. justathought
    December 12th, 2016 at 23:23 | #40

    just a thought. these things never account for muscle mass. im 5 8 or 9 and 140 lbs but i still look skinny.(my ribs show and everything) but I also gained my last 20 lbs in muscle. I dont think these things factor in how dense muscle is.

  41. Simon
    December 13th, 2016 at 05:58 | #41

    I went to see my doctor i am 6ft9 and 227 my doctor told me I’m obese ? Is this right

  42. John
    December 14th, 2016 at 19:49 | #42

    Just going to be honest. The set weights for the heights that are on this chart are accurate. The problem is no one is every content with their weight or body structure. Most of us have the mentality that we either weigh to much or to less. Like most of you are stating the set weights on the chart; seem a little off just because you look skinny. Speaking from personal experience of fluctuating weight over and over again. I can say that there’s nothing wrong with being skinny; and ideally most of us should look as such. When you get to the overweight section. Which is the section we convince ourselves is normal. That is the starting point, and the beginning to a opening of a door, to health problems. Such as, aches and fleeting pains in your joints, back, and knees. So again ideally most of us should look skinny; unless we’re very active in the gym and have a lot of muscle; that puts us in that over weight range. Keep in mind that these aren’t average weights but ideal weights. It’s hard to generalize a weight just off height alone because; we all have different body structures a well. So I’ve been tall and somewhat skinny most of my life. So for me to be 6’2 and 220lbs; there would be no doubt that I’d have some sort of health problems. Now for someone who is naturally stocky has a body that is used to carrying around that sort of weight. So he would naturally have no health concerns being 6’2 and 220lbs. So for me being 6’2 175lbs is perfect. =]

  43. Don
    December 17th, 2016 at 08:33 | #43

    This chart is just a simplified guide that does not account for muscle mass or bone structure but it is accurate for a very high percentage of people. I recently lost 80 lbs and I thought I looked sickly at first but after a while you realize you were just used to being obese, fat, whatever you want to call it.

  44. jackkson
    December 28th, 2016 at 05:39 | #44

    is it okay that im an 11 year old boy who is 5’0″ and weighs 128 pounds

  45. jackson
    December 28th, 2016 at 05:47 | #45

    well im 11 too im 5ft too but im a boy and weigh 128 pounds so imguessing that the average weight for you is about 122 pounds

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