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BMI for a 5'6" 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 5'6" 165 lb male or female is 26.6.

According to the CDC, this would be considered overweight for all adults age 20 and older. A BMI is classified as overweight if it's 25 to 29.9.

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

Learn more about what it means to be overweight

While being overweight might not look that different from being a healthy weight, it can come with a number of health risks if not addressed.

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

Being overweight 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 overweight 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.

If youโ€™re concerned about being overweight, 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 5'6" and 165 lbs, the formula would be [165 / 662] x 703, with a result of 26.6.

What's a healthy weight for someone who is 5'6"?

Healthy weight (BMI 18.5-24.9)
115 - 154 lbs
Underweight (BMI < 18.5)
114 lbs or less
Overweight (BMI 25-29.9)
155 - 185 lbs
Obese (BMI 30+)
186 lbs or more

BMI chart for 5'6" and 150 - 180 lbs

Height Weight BMI
5'6"150 lbs24.2
5'6"151 lbs24.4
5'6"152 lbs24.5
5'6"153 lbs24.7
5'6"154 lbs24.9
5'6"155 lbs25
5'6"156 lbs25.2
5'6"157 lbs25.3
5'6"158 lbs25.5
5'6"159 lbs25.7
5'6"160 lbs25.8
5'6"161 lbs26
5'6"162 lbs26.1
5'6"163 lbs26.3
5'6"164 lbs26.5
Height Weight BMI
5'6"166 lbs26.8
5'6"167 lbs27
5'6"168 lbs27.1
5'6"169 lbs27.3
5'6"170 lbs27.4
5'6"171 lbs27.6
5'6"172 lbs27.8
5'6"173 lbs27.9
5'6"174 lbs28.1
5'6"175 lbs28.2
5'6"176 lbs28.4
5'6"177 lbs28.6
5'6"178 lbs28.7
5'6"179 lbs28.9
5'6"180 lbs29

BMI for 5'6" and 165.1 - 165.9 lbs

Height Weight BMI
5'6"165.1 lbs26.6
5'6"165.2 lbs26.7
5'6"165.3 lbs26.7
5'6"165.4 lbs26.7
5'6"165.5 lbs26.7
Height Weight BMI
5'6"165.6 lbs26.7
5'6"165.7 lbs26.7
5'6"165.8 lbs26.8
5'6"165.9 lbs26.8

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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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