# BMI Calculator (Metric and Imperial)

Use this metric and imperial BMI calculator tool to work out your body mass index and get an
indication of whether your weight may be affecting your health. This BMI tool is intended for use by **men and women** of 18 years and over.

#### Please note:

The results given by this metric and imperial bmi calculator should be used only as a guide and should not replace medical advice. Please bear in mind that, when interpreting the results of this body mass index calculator, other factors such as muscle structure and ethnic origin should be considered. For example, a person with a lot of muscle might have a higher BMI, when their body is actually perfectly healthy, due to the fact that muscle weighs more than fat.

Always speak to a Doctor or health professional for advice and guidance before making any dramatic changes to your lifestyle.

## How to calculate BMI

Should you wish to calculate your BMI manually rather than using the **BMI calculator**, I've included some simple instructions and formulae below. It's important that if you use these, you ensure
that your units are in the same unit system (metric or imperial) and the correct corresponding unit.

If you need to convert between weight units, use our kilograms, stones and pounds converter. You can also convert between units of height with our height converter.

### To work out your BMI (kg and m)

- Divide your weight (kg) by your height (m).
**Example:**65kg ÷ 1.83m = 35.519 - Divide your answer from part 1 by your height again.
**Example:**35.519 ÷ 1.83 =__19.41__

### To work out your BMI (pounds and inches)

- Divide your weight (lbs) by your height (in).
**Example:**154lbs ÷ 71in = 2.169 - Divide your answer from part 1 by your height again.

Example: 2.169 ÷ 71 = 0.03055 - Multiply your answer from part 2 by 703.
**Example:**0.03055 × 703 =__21.48__

## BMI formula for men and women

The official formula for BMI was devised in the 1830s by Belgian mathematician Adolphe Quetelet.

### Metric BMI Formula

**BMI** = weight (kg) / [height (m)]^{2}

### Imperial BMI Formula

**BMI** = 703 × weight (lbs) / [height (in)]^{2}

You can learn more about how to calculate your BMI with these formulae in our in-depth article on the BMI formula. An interactive BMI chart is also available to use.

## What Is BMI?

The body mass index calculator measurement is the calculation of your body weight in relation to your height and is commonly used as an indicator of whether you might be in a risk category for health problems caused by your weight. Using a BMI calculator such as the one on this page, you enter your weight and height measurements. Those figures are entered into the BMI formula (more on that below) to produce your current BMI reading.

Below are the **BMI classifications for men and women** established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and endorsed by leading organizations of
health professionals. Reference: The practical guide: identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults - National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Body Mass Index (kg/m^{2}) |
Classification |
---|---|

less than 18.5: | underweight |

18.5 - 24.9: | normal weight |

25 - 29.9: | overweight |

30 - 34.9: | class I obese |

35 - 39.9: | class II obese |

40 upwards: | class III obese |

It is important to remember that BMI measurements do not make a distinction between whether you are male or female, whether you have a large or small body frame, whether you have high muscle mass and the areas in which fat is distributed around your body. So, someone who has a very muscular physique (a body builder, for example) may have a high BMI without having excess fat. For this reason, BMI is not an indicator of obesity on its own.

Some alternative methods to BMI, including the waist-hip ratio, are discussed in our article, 5 alternatives to BMI. There's also a good section about BMI on the CDC website.

## BMI and BMR

As well as BMI, this website also contains a BMR calculator that allows you to calculate your basal metabolic rate (the number of calories you might burn in a day if you are inactive).

If you have any questions about this calculator then please contact me.