Is 172 pounds overweight for an adult human?
Is 172 lbs overweight for the average man or woman?
According to the CDC, BMI is a good indicator of weight, for most people. For an average male at 5 feet 9, 172 pounds is a BMI of 25.4, which is considered overweight. For the average female, at 5 feet 3, 172 pounds is a BMI of 30.5, which is considered obese. Of course, this will be different at different heights, so make sure you calculate the BMI for your specific weight, by using our calculator below. Another important thing to keep in mind is that even though at a certain height 172 lbs might be considered overweight or healthy, body composition and body fat percentage also factor in to whether or not this weight is a healthy weight for you.
172 lbs can look remarkably different depending on height and body type
Unfortunately it's quite not as simple as 172 lbs being overweight, underweight or obese, it's actually more important to compare the weight with your height. In order to reach the healthy BMI range of 18.5 to 24.9 BMI you would need to be in the height range of 5'10 to 6'9.
As BMI does not take gender into account, the range is the same for both males and females. Again, BMI is only useful as a guide, is not perfect and does not have any way to take into account the amount of muscle you have, or your body fat percentage.
So in summary, it seems that 172 lbs is considered overweight for the average man, and obese for the average women.
It's important to understand that BMI is not perfect
BMI is not a perfect way of measuring body fatness, but it does a pretty good job for most people. Athletes, or particularly muscular people will find that BMI is not specific enough to meet their needs, and it's probably worth looking into something like body fat percentage. BMI just gives us an easy way to quickly understand the ratio between someones height and someones weight, it does not take into account how much fat you are carrying versus muscle.
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Height and Weight BMI Health Chart for 172 Pounds (lbs)
Check out this table below to visually understand what heights are considered underweight, healthy, overweight and obese at 172 lbs.
Here are some examples of what 172 lbs looks like
Before and After 50 lbs Fat Loss 5 foot 10 Male 220 lbs to 170 lbs
60 lbs Weight Loss 5 foot 9 Male 231 lbs to 171 lbs
Before and After 55 lbs Fat Loss 5 foot 10 Male 225 lbs to 170 lbs
43 lbs Muscle Gain Before and After 5 foot 7 Male 127 lbs to 170 lbs