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BMI for Men

BMI for men is a common tool used to check if men are within the healthy weight range, underweight, overweight or obese. BMI is non-gender specific and can be used by all adults including men and women to check if they are a healthy weight.

What does a BMI tell you?

BMI tells you if you have a healthy body weight. It provides an estimate of your total body fat as a proportion of your total body weight and this is used to tell you your risk of developing weight-related diseases. Generally, the more body fat a man or woman has the higher their health risk.

However, a BMI does have limitations. BMI cannot distinguish between the proportion of weight due to fat or muscle. It is, therefore, less accurate in certain groups of people. For example, BMI calculations will overestimate the amount of body fat for body builders, weight lifters and some high-performance athletes. Conversely, a BMI may underestimate the amount of body fat for the elderly and people with a physical disability who have lost muscle.

Health professionals often use BMI and waist circumference together to assess if an adult is overweight or obese and to evaluate their risk of cardiovascular disease and other health conditions.

BMI calculator for men

A BMI calculator for men measures a man’s weight in relation to his height.

To calculate the BMI for men, you can use a BMI calculation, a BMI calculator, or review a BMI chart. To calculate your BMI, you will need your height and weight measurements.

The metric BMI formula is your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters.

BMI = Weight (kg) / Height (m)²

Your BMI will classify you as underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO). If you are underweight, overweight or obese you may be at risk of certain weight-related health issues.

BMI chart for men

You can use a BMI chart, for men and indeed all adults, to determine your weight category of underweight, normal, overweight or obese.

A BMI chart can also be used to find out the parameters for your weight to achieve a normal BMI rating. For example, if you are a man of average UK height at 5 foot 9 inches, you can follow this height column down into the normal ‘green’ zone and see that a weight of between 130 pounds to 165 pounds will generate a normal BMI rating. The same UK average height man would have an overweight BMI if they weighed 170 to 200 pounds.

What is the ideal average BMI for a man?

The ideal average BMI for a man is between 18.5 and 24.9. This is the same value for a woman. BMI recommendations are the same for men and women as the health risks increase at about the same BMI for both genders.

The parameters for BMI values are:

  • Below 18.5 - Underweight
  • 18.5 to 24.9 - Healthy weight
  • 25.0 to 29.9 - Overweight
  • 30.0 and above – Obese

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