NIH: What is the ideal weight (BMI)?

Children: Do not use this table to evaluate a child's health.

Adults under 65 years: 18.5 - 24.9 is considered healthy.

Adults over 65 years: It is often better to have a BMI between 25 and 27. A BMI of over 27 has about the same risk factors as a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9.

Body builders: Because muscle weighs more than fat, people who are very muscular may have a high BMI.

HHS Chart:


Range for Adults under 65 yearsRange for 65 & older
BMI
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
Height
Body Weight (pounds)
4' 10"
91
96
100
105
110
115
119
124
129
4' 11"
94
99
104
109
114
119
124
128
133
5' 0"
97
102
107
112
118
123
128
133
138
5' 1"
100
106
111
116
122
127
132
137
143
5' 2"
104
109
115
120
126
131
136
142
147
5' 3"
107
113
118
124
130
135
141
146
152
5' 4"
110
116
122
128
134
140
145
151
157
5' 5"
114
120
126
132
138
144
150
156
162
5' 6"
118
124
130
136
142
148
155
161
167
5' 7"
121
127
134
140
146
153
159
166
172
5' 8"
125
131
138
144
151
158
164
171
177
5' 9"
128
135
142
149
155
162
169
176
182
5' 10"
132
139
146
153
160
167
174
181
188
5' 11"
136
143
150
157
165
172
179
186
193
6' 0"
140
147
154
162
169
177
184
191
199
6' 1"
144
151
159
166
174
182
189
197
204
6' 2"
148
155
163
171
179
186
194
202
210
6' 3"
152
160
168
176
184
192
200
208
216
6' 4"
156
164
172
180
189
197
205
213
221

For more information, see How do scientists determine the ideal weight (BMI)?

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Sources

United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States National Library of Medicine.  black;">MedlinePlus

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Body Mass Index Table