A BMI Chart or Body Mass Index Chart can be a useful tool for visualizing the ranges for underweight, healthy weight, overweight, and obesity based on a person's height. The simplicity of the BMI formula has made it extremely popular as an initial diagnosing tool for determining a person's healthy body weight. The formula does have its shortcomings because it does not take into account age, frame size, gender, or muscularity.

There are other formulas besides the BMI that are used for determining ideal weight. Our Ideal Weight Chart includes some additional formulas, but keep in mind that "ideal" weight can be highly subjective, and formulas are usually just approximations. Also check out our Weight Loss Charts.

### How to Reference Our BMI Chart

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- BMI Chart created by Vertex42.com. Used with permission.

## BMI Chart and Calculator

for Excel
For: Excel 2007 or later

#### Template Details

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### Description

This spreadsheet was used to create the BMI charts listed above (using quite a few special tricks which may delight the Excel enthusiast). It also contains a BMI Calculator and provides tables listing the weight status categories.

## The BMI Formula

BMI is defined as a person's weight divided by the square of a person's height, using the metric units kg/m^2.

• Metric Units: BMI = Weight[kg] / ( Height[m] x Height[m] )
• English Units: 703 x Weight[lb] / ( Height[in] x Height[in] )

## BMI Chart for Children

BMI is calculated the same way for children as for adults, but the criteria for determining a "normal" weight is different. Instead of specific BMI thresholds, a BMI percentile is used to compare to other children of the same age and gender. Just as there are Weight-for-Age, Height-for-Age, and Head Circumference-for-Age growth charts, there are also BMI-for-Age charts.

For children, the weight status category (underweight, healthy weight, overweight, and obese) is defined based on the BMI percentile (less than the 5th percentile, 5th to less than the 85th, 85th to less than the 95th, and equal to or greater than 95th, respectively). See BMI for Children and Teens on the cdc.gov website for the official information.

### References

Disclaimer: This body mass index chart spreadsheet, the images, and the information on this page are for illustrative and educational purposes only. Use only as a guide.