Is The BMI For Men And Women The Same?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Is the BMI for men and women the same? Well BMI stands for Body Mass Index (bmi) and it is screening tool used to determine if you are overweight or obese. It is a method that shows if a person is at a healthy body weight. The BMI uses your height and weight to determine if you have a healthy body mass range. If you have an athletic body and you possess a lot of lean muscle mass and low bodyfat, then the BMI at times will not accurately gauge your body mass index appropriately.

I have seen the BMI calculator categorize extremely fit people like myself as being obese or overweight.

Is The BMI For Men And Women The Same?

 So, the body mass index measuring tool would not be advisable to use with someone who is in top 2% of the population in terms of their fitness and muscularity level. So, the best way for someone that is extremely fit is to measure them with a body fat testing device such as a skin fold caliper.

When you weigh too much then it puts an unnecessary stress on your heart. Your heart must work 3 to 4 times as hard to pump blood through the body. And the result is higher blood pressure levels, higher cholesterol levels and a higher risk for heart disease.

Here is the BMI Chart based on your height and weight:

Underweight: if your BMI is less than 18.5

Healthy weight: if your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9

Overweight: If your BMI is between 25 to 29.9. If you are in this category, you have a greater risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.

Obese: if your BMI is greater than 30. And if you are obese, you are at a higher risk for all cardiovascular heart related diseases. This is a very unhealthy and dangerous zone to be in.

Extremely Obese: If your BMI is greater than 40.

This BMI range chart applies to both men and women, so the numbers don’t fluctuate based on your respective gender. The exact way to measure your BMI is multiply your weight in pounds by 703, then divide by your height in inches and then divide again your height by inches.

“When you weigh too much it puts unnecessary stress on the heart”Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

Is the BMI for men and women the same?

This is a full height and weight BMI chart: Source: American Heart Association

HeightMinimal risk
(BMI under 25)
Moderate risk
(BMI 25–29.9)
High risk
(BMI 30 and above)
4’10”118 lbs. or less119–142 lbs.143 lbs. or more
4’11”123 or less124–147148 or more
5’0127 or less128–152153 or more
5’1″131 or less132–157158 or more
5’2′135 or less136–163164 or more
5’3″140 or less141–168169 or more
5’4″144 or less145–173174 or more
5’5″149 or less150–179180 or more
5’6″154 or less155–185186 or more
5’7″158 or less159–190191 or more
5’8″163 or less164–196197 or more
5’9″168 or less169–202203 or more
5’10”173 or less174–208209 or more
5’11”178 or less179–214215 or more
6’0″183 or less184–220221 or more
6’1″188 or less189–226227 or more
6’2″193 or less194–232233 or more
6’3″199 or less200–239240 or more
6’4″204 or less205–245246 or more

The Benefits Of Maintaining A Healthy Weight

  • More Energy
  • Less Joint Pain
  • Sleep better
  • Better self-esteem and more confidence
  • Lower risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels
  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • Lower risk of certain types of cancer.

The Bottom Line is the BMI is a good screening tool to use if you are at a healthy weight as an adult.  And you need to know if you are in the healthy weight range based on your height and weight. As I said earlier the exception to this tool would be extremely fit people who have a lot of muscle and low bodyfat.

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American Heart Association

Body Mass Index (BMI) In Adults | American Heart Association

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