A person's body mass index can be calculated using a BMI table. It will generate the same results as the BMI formula, but no math is necessary. The table lists variations of height and weight measurements, and links specific measurements to the appropriate number.
Studies of obesity have shown that a calculation known as body mass index (BMI) can provide an accurate measure of body fat in an individual. While BMI does not measure body fat directly, results have been shown to correspond closely to direct measures of body fat in most people.
BMI uses a mathematical formula that takes into account a person's height and weight. Body mass index is a person's weight in kilograms divided by height in meters, squared (BMI=kg/m2).
(Click Body Mass Index Formula for the version of the formula that uses pounds and inches.)
To make it easier to calculate BMI, variations of height and weight have been compiled into a BMI table. This table can be used to determine body mass index for people who are at least 58 inches tall (4'10") and who weigh at least 91 pounds.
(To calculate body mass index for people shorter than 58 inches and/or lighter than 91 pounds -- such as children -- see BMI Formula.)