Home > Resources > BMI calculator > 5'11" 170 lb

BMI for a 5'11" 170 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 5'11" 170 lb male or female is 23.7.

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 5'11" and 170 lbs, the formula would be [170 / 712] x 703, with a result of 23.7.

What's a healthy weight for someone who is 5'11"?

Healthy weight (BMI 18.5-24.9)
133 - 179 lbs
Underweight (BMI < 18.5)
132 lbs or less
Overweight (BMI 25-29.9)
179 - 214 lbs
Obese (BMI 30+)
215 lbs or more

BMI chart for 5'11" and 155 - 185 lbs

Height Weight BMI
5'11"155 lbs21.6
5'11"156 lbs21.8
5'11"157 lbs21.9
5'11"158 lbs22
5'11"159 lbs22.2
5'11"160 lbs22.3
5'11"161 lbs22.5
5'11"162 lbs22.6
5'11"163 lbs22.7
5'11"164 lbs22.9
5'11"165 lbs23
5'11"166 lbs23.1
5'11"167 lbs23.3
5'11"168 lbs23.4
5'11"169 lbs23.6
Height Weight BMI
5'11"171 lbs23.8
5'11"172 lbs24
5'11"173 lbs24.1
5'11"174 lbs24.3
5'11"175 lbs24.4
5'11"176 lbs24.5
5'11"177 lbs24.7
5'11"178 lbs24.8
5'11"179 lbs25
5'11"180 lbs25.1
5'11"181 lbs25.2
5'11"182 lbs25.4
5'11"183 lbs25.5
5'11"184 lbs25.7
5'11"185 lbs25.8

BMI for 5'11" and 170.1 - 170.9 lbs

Height Weight BMI
5'11"170.1 lbs23.7
5'11"170.2 lbs23.7
5'11"170.3 lbs23.7
5'11"170.4 lbs23.8
5'11"170.5 lbs23.8
Height Weight BMI
5'11"170.6 lbs23.8
5'11"170.7 lbs23.8
5'11"170.8 lbs23.8
5'11"170.9 lbs23.8



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.

As seen in

New York Times

Popular pages

Blood pressure lookup

Look up any blood pressure and learn if it's high, low, or normal.

Steps to miles calculator

Convert any number of steps walked to an amount in miles.

HSA investment calculator

Compare how an investment will grow in an HSA vs traditional retirement accounts like a 401(k) and Roth IRA. The results might surprise you!

Life expectancy calculator

Look up your life expectancy based on the latest data from the Social Security Administration.

BMI calculator

BMI is a quick way to determine if you're a healthy weight, overweight, or obese.