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BMI for a 4'11" 185 lb male or female

BMI is a quick and easy measurement to find out if you're a healthy weight. While it has its flaws, it can be quite useful if you're aware of your own body composition and use it in conjunction with other metrics for personal health.

The BMI for a 4'11" 185 lb male or female is 37.4.

According to the CDC, this would be considered obese for all adults age 20 and older. A BMI is classified as obese if it's 30 or higher.

What does it mean to be obese? Read on to find out more or calculate another BMI.

Learn more about what it means to be obese

While being obese might not look that different from being overweight, especially if you're just barely obese, it can come with a number of health risks if not addressed.

Being obese can put someone at increased risk of cardiovascular problems such has high blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke.

Being obese also makes it more likely for someone to develop type 2 diabetes. Excess weight, particularly abdominal fat, can contribute to insulin resistance and therefore diabetes.

Some sometimes overlooked problems with being obese are that it places more stress on your joints, particularly the knees, hips, and ankles. It can also affect respiratory health, putting pressure on the diaphragm and chest, making it more difficult to breathe. This can be a problem when working out or if you get a respiratory illness. Being obese can also contribute to sleep apnea.

If youโ€™re concerned about being obese, itโ€™s important to talk to your primary care physician or another medical professional. They can help determine the underlying causes, assess your nutritional needs, and develop a plan to achieve a healthy weight in a sustainable manner.

Important notes about BMI

While BMI is useful for categorizing someone's weight status, it isn't able to take into account someone's unique body composition, muscle mass, or overall metabolic health. For example, athletes and bodybuilders with high muscle mass may be classified as overweight or even obese based on their BMI despite being in great shape and having a low body fat percentage. Similarly, people with osteoporosis could have lower BMIs due to decreased bone density.

These are extreme examples, but they do illustrate the limitations of using BMI only to evaluate your body weight. That's why alternative measures such as waist-to-hip ratio, waist-to-height ratio, and body fat percentage can often provide a more accurate assessment of someone's health.

Of course, there are benefits to BMI: it's a quick, easy, and free way to get a rough idea of what kind of shape you're in, and you can track it over time to identify changes. And if you're not a bodybuilder or don't have health issue that could skew your BMI, it's a pretty good indicator of your weight status.

What's the formula for calculating BMI?

The formula for calculating BMI is weight (lb) / [height (in)]2 x 703. In the case of someone who is 4'11" and 185 lbs, the formula would be [185 / 592] x 703, with a result of 37.4.

What's a healthy weight for someone who is 4'11"?

Healthy weight (BMI 18.5-24.9)
92 - 123 lbs
Underweight (BMI < 18.5)
91 lbs or less
Overweight (BMI 25-29.9)
124 - 148 lbs
Obese (BMI 30+)
149 lbs or more

BMI chart for 4'11" and 170 - 200 lbs

Height Weight BMI
4'11"170 lbs34.3
4'11"171 lbs34.5
4'11"172 lbs34.7
4'11"173 lbs34.9
4'11"174 lbs35.1
4'11"175 lbs35.3
4'11"176 lbs35.5
4'11"177 lbs35.7
4'11"178 lbs35.9
4'11"179 lbs36.1
4'11"180 lbs36.4
4'11"181 lbs36.6
4'11"182 lbs36.8
4'11"183 lbs37
4'11"184 lbs37.2
Height Weight BMI
4'11"186 lbs37.6
4'11"187 lbs37.8
4'11"188 lbs38
4'11"189 lbs38.2
4'11"190 lbs38.4
4'11"191 lbs38.6
4'11"192 lbs38.8
4'11"193 lbs39
4'11"194 lbs39.2
4'11"195 lbs39.4
4'11"196 lbs39.6
4'11"197 lbs39.8
4'11"198 lbs40
4'11"199 lbs40.2
4'11"200 lbs40.4

BMI for 4'11" and 185.1 - 185.9 lbs

Height Weight BMI
4'11"185.1 lbs37.4
4'11"185.2 lbs37.4
4'11"185.3 lbs37.4
4'11"185.4 lbs37.4
4'11"185.5 lbs37.5
Height Weight BMI
4'11"185.6 lbs37.5
4'11"185.7 lbs37.5
4'11"185.8 lbs37.5
4'11"185.9 lbs37.5

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Disclaimer

The information on this page is intended to be an educational reference and is not to be taken as medical advice. If you think you're having a hypertensive or hypotensive emergency, or if you're having any kind of medical emergency, please call 911 immediately.

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