Weight Control Is Always A Problem
Always a challenge! Paul started at 6'0" and 210 with a waist size of 36 in May 2009.
Body Mass Index
The body mass index (BMI), or Quetelet index, is a statistical measurement which compares a person's weight and height. Though it does not actually measure the percentage of body fat, it is a useful tool to estimate a healthy body weight based on how tall a person is.
Due to its ease of measurement and calculation, it is the most widely used diagnostic tool to identify weight problem within a population including: underweight, overweight and obesity. It was invented between 1830 and 1850 by the Belgian polymath Adolphe Quetelet during the course of developing "social physics".
Body mass index is defined as the individual's body weight divided by the square of his or her height. The formulas universally used in medicine produce a unit of measure of kg/m2.
BMI can also be determined using a BMI chart, which displays BMI as a function of weight (horizontal axis) and height (vertical axis) using contour lines for different values of BMI or colours for different BMI categories.
Body mass index, or BMI, is a new term to most people. However, it is the measurement of choice for many physicians and researchers studying obesity. BMI uses a mathematical formula that takes into account both a person's height and weight. BMI equals a person's weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. (BMI=kg/m^{2}).
Risk of Associated Disease According to BMI and Waist Size
BMI  Waist less than or equal to
40 in. (men) or 35 in. (women) 
Waist greater than
40 in. (men) or 35 in. (women) 

18.5 or less  Underweight    N/A 
18.5  24.9  Normal    N/A 
25.0  29.9  Overweight  Increased  High 
30.0  34.9  Obese  High  Very High 
35.0  39.9  Obese  Very High  Very High 
40 or greater  Extremely Obese  Extremely High  Extremely High 
The table below has already done the math and metric conversions. To use the table, find the appropriate height in the lefthand column. Move across the row to the given weight. The number at the top of the column is the BMI for that height and weight. Or, use our BMI calculator .
BMI
(kg/m^{2}) 
19  20  21  22  23  24  25  26  27  28  29  30  35  40 
Height
(in.) 
Weight (lb.)  
58  91  96  100  105  110  115  119  124  129  134  138  143  167  191 
59  94  99  104  109  114  119  124  128  133  138  143  148  173  198 
60  97  102  107  112  118  123  128  133  138  143  148  153  179  204 
61  100  106  111  116  122  127  132  137  143  148  153  158  185  211 
62  104  109  115  120  126  131  136  142  147  153  158  164  191  218 
63  107  113  118  124  130  135  141  146  152  158  163  169  197  225 
64  110  116  122  128  134  140  145  151  157  163  169  174  204  232 
65  114  120  126  132  138  144  150  156  162  168  174  180  210  240 
66  118  124  130  136  142  148  155  161  167  173  179  186  216  247 
67  121  127  134  140  146  153  159  166  172  178  185  191  223  255 
68  125  131  138  144  151  158  164  171  177  184  190  197  230  262 
69  128  135  142  149  155  162  169  176  182  189  196  203  236  270 
70  132  139  146  153  160  167  174  181  188  195  202  207  243  278 
71  136  143  150  157  165  172  179  186  193  200  208  215  250  286 
72  140  147  154  162  169  177  184  191  199  206  213  221  258  294 
73  144  151  159  166  174  182  189  197  204  212  219  227  265  302 
74  148  155  163  171  179  186  194  202  210  218  225  233  272  311 
75  152  160  168  176  184  192  200  208  216  224  232  240  279  319 
76  156  164  172  180  189  197  205  213  221  230  238  246  287  328 