I now weigh 197 pounds. This means my BMI (Body Mass Index) is now 24.9. For the first time in over a decade, I am no longer Overweight.
BMI Formula for Adults:
BMI = ( Weight in Pounds / ( Height in inches ) x ( Height in inches ) ) x 703
BMI = ( Weight in Pounds / ( Height in inches ^ 2) ) x 703
- < 18.5 Underweight
- 18.5 – 24.9 Normal
- 25.0 – 29.9 Overweight
- 30.0 + Obese
Actually, with rounding, I am one cashew away from returning to Overweight.
The example I always cite to dismiss the BMI is Mike Tyson. At his fighting peak, he was considered obese by the BMI scale. The BMI scale treats muscle no differently than fat. It is an over-hyped metric for measuring leanness.
One of the movies getting press today is X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Hugh Jackman is my height (6′ 2 .5) and weighs 210 pounds. Everyone is interested in finding out how he got in such great shape. He is Overweight by BMI standards with a BMI of 26.6.
How should one measure leanness? I used to believe in body fat tests, but they vary too much by the method and who is administering the test. I like the Frankie Method. There is a good trainer at my former gym named Frankie. His metric in a single question. Can you see your abs? If no, then you are too fat. Gotta love New York Frankie.
UPDATE (5/10/2009): Updated formula per Jim’s comment.