Is 190 pounds overweight?

It depends on your height.

According to the CDC, BMI is a good indicator of weight, for most people. For an average male at 5 feet 9, 190 pounds is a BMI of 28.1, which is considered overweight. For the average female, at 5 feet 3, 190 pounds is a BMI of 33.7, 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.

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.

What does 190 lbs look like?

190 lbs comes in all shapes and sizes.

As you can see above, it's quite not as simple as 190 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 6'1 to 7'1.

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 the question remains, is 190 lbs overweight? I guess that depends on you.

Try our BMI Calculator and it will show you other people at the same BMI