Enter your weight in pounds and your height in inches
in the form below and press the "Calculate my BMI" button
Your Weight (lb.)
Your Height (inches)
According to the National Institutes of Health
form is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only.
Information it contains may not be accurate and is not designed or intended
to serve as medical advice. Please consult with your physician for better
The National Institutes of Health now recommends that everyone should
have his or her waist measured because being big around the middle puts
people at greater risk for heart disease and stroke. A man's waist
should measure no more than 40 inches around, and a woman's no more than
35 inches. Those with larger waists are at high risk for complications
But is a lb.. a lb.. ??? For people living with HIV/AIDS, experts
are finding out that it is not only your total body weight that is important,
but also you Lean Body Mass index -- LBM -- (i.e. your muscle to fat ratio)
that is important. Some people, for example, may start to have
wasting syndrome but their total body weight remains the same. This
is due the fact that lean muscle tissue is being lost, but their is an
increase in body fat. For others, especially those that work out
and lift weights, BMI can be misleading.
Lean Body Mass (LBM) can only be measured with diagnostic instruments
by a qualified health professional. If you have HIV/AIDS ask your
doctor about LBM, the BIA test, and/or
DEXA scans for lipodystrophy.
1 Foot = 12 Inches
*According to the CDC these are the ranges for Adults, for information
about teens, please see the BMI page at:
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/index.htm This page will explain in more
detail what a BMI is, and how it is calculated.