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What's my BMI? Is a 5'6, 165 lbs woman overweight?

At 5 foot 6, 165 lbs is 26.6 BMI and considered overweight.

According to the CDC, BMI is a good indicator of weight, for most people. For a woman at 5 foot 6, 165 pounds is a BMI of 26.6, which is considered overweight. 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 165 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.

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 165 Pounds (lbs)

Check out this table below to visually understand what heights are considered underweight, healthy, overweight and obese at 165 lbs.

Height Weight Level
4'9" Obese
4'10" Obese
4'11" Obese
5'0" Obese
5'1" Obese
5'2" Obese
5'3" Overweight
5'4" Overweight
5'5" Overweight
5'6" Overweight
5'7" Overweight
5'8" Overweight
5'9" Healthy weight
5'10" Healthy weight
5'11" Healthy weight
6'0" Healthy weight
6'1" Healthy weight
6'2" Healthy weight
6'3" Healthy weight
6'4" Healthy weight
6'5" Healthy weight
6'6" Healthy weight
6'7" Healthy weight
6'8" Underweight
6'9" Underweight
6'10" Underweight
6'11" Underweight
7'0" Underweight

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