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BMI for a 5'1" 165 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 5'1" 165 lb male or female is 31.2.

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 5'1" and 165 lbs, the formula would be [165 / 612] x 703, with a result of 31.2.

What's a healthy weight for someone who is 5'1"?

Healthy weight (BMI 18.5-24.9)
98 - 132 lbs
Underweight (BMI < 18.5)
97 lbs or less
Overweight (BMI 25-29.9)
132 - 158 lbs
Obese (BMI 30+)
159 lbs or more

BMI chart for 5'1" and 150 - 180 lbs

Height Weight BMI
5'1"150 lbs28.3
5'1"151 lbs28.5
5'1"152 lbs28.7
5'1"153 lbs28.9
5'1"154 lbs29.1
5'1"155 lbs29.3
5'1"156 lbs29.5
5'1"157 lbs29.7
5'1"158 lbs29.9
5'1"159 lbs30
5'1"160 lbs30.2
5'1"161 lbs30.4
5'1"162 lbs30.6
5'1"163 lbs30.8
5'1"164 lbs31
Height Weight BMI
5'1"166 lbs31.4
5'1"167 lbs31.6
5'1"168 lbs31.7
5'1"169 lbs31.9
5'1"170 lbs32.1
5'1"171 lbs32.3
5'1"172 lbs32.5
5'1"173 lbs32.7
5'1"174 lbs32.9
5'1"175 lbs33.1
5'1"176 lbs33.3
5'1"177 lbs33.4
5'1"178 lbs33.6
5'1"179 lbs33.8
5'1"180 lbs34

BMI for 5'1" and 165.1 - 165.9 lbs

Height Weight BMI
5'1"165.1 lbs31.2
5'1"165.2 lbs31.2
5'1"165.3 lbs31.2
5'1"165.4 lbs31.2
5'1"165.5 lbs31.3
Height Weight BMI
5'1"165.6 lbs31.3
5'1"165.7 lbs31.3
5'1"165.8 lbs31.3
5'1"165.9 lbs31.3



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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