BMI Tools

BMI is an estimate of body fat and a good measure of your patients’ risk for diseases that can occur with overweight and obesity. For adults, a healthy weight is defined as the appropriate body weight in relation to height. This ratio of weight to height is known as the body mass index (BMI). People who are overweight (BMI of 25–29.9) have too much body weight for their height. People who are obese (BMI of 30 or above) almost always have a large amount of body fat in relation to their height. The higher the BMI, the higher the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and certain cancers (e.g., colon, breast, endometrial, and gallbladder).

Although BMI can be used for most men and women, it does have some limits:

  • It may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build.
  • It may underestimate body fat in older persons and others who have lost muscle.

BMI for children and teens, 2 to 20 years old, is determined by using a BMI table that compares their weight and height along with growth charts. The growth charts use a child’s BMI, age, and gender to produce a BMI percentile. A child or teen who is between the 85th and 95th percentile on the growth chart is considered overweight. A child or teen who is at the 95th percentile or above is considered obese. For more information about BMI percentile and growth charts for children, visit www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/bmi-for-age.htm and NHLBI’s We Can! Web pages.

BMI Calculator

The BMI Calculator is an easy-to-use online tool to help you estimate your adult patients’ body fat. The BMI calculator uses Standard or Metric measures and is available in English or Spanish.

Check your patient’s BMI

BMI Table

The BMI Table is a static tool to help you estimate your patients’ body fat.

Use the BMI Table

ARMY PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & BODY FAT CALCULATOR

Preparing Your Body Before Serving

Improving your CR and muscle stamina will have a positive impact on your body’s composition and will result in less fat. Excessive body fat detracts from the other fitness components, reduces performance, and negatively affects your health. But a person’s body fat depends on many factors, including body type, and you should not compare your body fat to someone else’s.

Good body composition is best gained through proper diet and exercise. Examples of poor body composition are underdeveloped muscle groups, or excessive body fat. Poor body composition causes problems for the Army and the individual Soldier. For example, Soldiers with inadequate muscle development cannot perform as well as those with proper development. When a Soldier is overweight, his or her physical ability to perform declines and the risk of developing disease and injury increases. Also, Soldiers with high percentages of body fat often have lower APFT scores than those with lower percentages. Poor body composition, especially obesity, has a negative effect on appearance, self-esteem, and negatively influences attitude and morale. Continue to monitor your height and weight standards and overall body composition through our Army BMI calculator above and set goals for bettering muscle development. You can read more about improving your body composition with exercise and preparing for the APFT here.

U.S. Army Enlistment Weight Requirements

Below is the Army’s weight minimum and maximum allowable for recruits to enlist. It is broken down by height and then further in to age groups.

Height will be measured in stocking feet on a flat surface with the chin parallel to the floor. The body should be straight but not rigid, similar to the position of attention. The measurement will be rounded to the nearest inch with the following guidelines: if the height fraction is less than 1/2 inch, round down. If the height fraction is 1/2 inch or greater, round up.

Weight will be measured and recorded to the nearest pound. Both height and weight will be officially taken at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). It is very important to be over your minimum or under your maximum as not meeting either one will probably either stop you from enlisting or, even worse, prevent you from going to basic training.

Army Weight Standards For Men

Height In Inches Minimum Weight Age 17 – 20 Maximum Weight Age 21 – 27 Maximum Weight Age 28 – 39 Maximum Weight Age 40 + Maximum Weight
58 91
59 94
60 97 132 136 139 141
61 100 136 140 144 146
62 104 141 144 148 150
63 107 145 149 153 155
64 110 150 154 158 160
65 114 155 159 163 165
66 117 160 163 168 170
67 121 165 169 174 176
68 125 170 174 179 181
69 128 175 179 184 186
70 132 180 185 189 192
71 136 185 189 194 197
72 140 190 195 200 203
73 144 195 200 205 208
74 148 201 206 211 214
75 152 206 212 217 220
76 156 212 217 223 226
77 160 218 223 229 232
78 164 223 229 235 238
79 168 229 235 241 244
80 173 234 240 247 250

Women:

Army Weight Standards For Women

Height In Inches Minimum Weight Age 17 – 20 Maximum Weight Age 21 – 27 Maximum Weight Age 28 – 39 Maximum Weight Age 40 + Maximum Weight
58 91 119 121 122 124
59 94 124 125 126 128
60 97 128 129 131 133
61 100 132 134 135 137
62 104 136 138 140 142
63 107 141 143 144 146
64 110 145 147 149 151
65 114 150 152 154 156
66 117 155 156 158 161
67 121 159 161 163 166
68 125 164 166 168 171
69 128 169 171 173 176
70 132 174 176 178 181
71 136 179 181 183 186
72 140 184 186 188 191
73 144 189 191 194 197
74 148 194 197 199 202
75 152 200 202 204 208
76 156 205 207 210 213
77 160 210 213 215 219
78 164 216 218 221 225
79 168 221 224 227 230
80 173 227 230 233 236

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