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BMI for a 5'8" 125 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 5'8" 125 lb male or female is 19.

According to the CDC, this would be considered a healthy weight for all adults age 20 and older. A BMI is classified as healthy if it's 18.5 to 24.9.

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

Learn more about what it means to be a healthy weight

If you're a healthy weight, congratulations! Being a healthy weight has a number of benefits, including being less likely to experience cardiovascular problems such has high blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke.

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

One often overlooked benefit of being a healthy weight is that it places less stress on your joints, particularly the knees, hips, and ankles.

Of course, just because someone is a healthy weight according to their BMI, that doesn't mean they're healthy. They could potentially not have enough muscle mass or bone density.

If you're a healthy weight but still have questions about your overall health, it’s important to talk to your primary care physician or another medical professional. They can help determine if you have any underlying health issues, assess your nutritional needs, and develop a plan to ensure your healthy weight is truly healthy.

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 5'8" and 125 lbs, the formula would be [125 / 682] x 703, with a result of 19.

What's a healthy weight for someone who is 5'8"?

Healthy weight (BMI 18.5-24.9)
122 - 164 lbs
Underweight (BMI < 18.5)
121 lbs or less
Overweight (BMI 25-29.9)
164 - 197 lbs
Obese (BMI 30+)
197 lbs or more

BMI chart for 5'8" and 110 - 140 lbs

Height Weight BMI
5'8"110 lbs16.7
5'8"111 lbs16.9
5'8"112 lbs17
5'8"113 lbs17.2
5'8"114 lbs17.3
5'8"115 lbs17.5
5'8"116 lbs17.6
5'8"117 lbs17.8
5'8"118 lbs17.9
5'8"119 lbs18.1
5'8"120 lbs18.2
5'8"121 lbs18.4
5'8"122 lbs18.5
5'8"123 lbs18.7
5'8"124 lbs18.9
Height Weight BMI
5'8"126 lbs19.2
5'8"127 lbs19.3
5'8"128 lbs19.5
5'8"129 lbs19.6
5'8"130 lbs19.8
5'8"131 lbs19.9
5'8"132 lbs20.1
5'8"133 lbs20.2
5'8"134 lbs20.4
5'8"135 lbs20.5
5'8"136 lbs20.7
5'8"137 lbs20.8
5'8"138 lbs21
5'8"139 lbs21.1
5'8"140 lbs21.3

BMI for 5'8" and 125.1 - 125.9 lbs

Height Weight BMI
5'8"125.1 lbs19
5'8"125.2 lbs19
5'8"125.3 lbs19
5'8"125.4 lbs19.1
5'8"125.5 lbs19.1
Height Weight BMI
5'8"125.6 lbs19.1
5'8"125.7 lbs19.1
5'8"125.8 lbs19.1
5'8"125.9 lbs19.1



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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