This is what “overweight” looks like.

According to the Body Mass Index, at 5’5 and 150 pounds, this woman is “overweight”:


and at 5’4 and 150 pounds, she is too:


and he’s five pounds shy of “obese”:


Check out the Illustrated BMI project for more visual insights.

Is this the measurement that informs the notion we’re getting fatter and fatter?

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One Response to “This is what “overweight” looks like.”

  1. Emily S says:

    BMI (Body mass index) was designed to be used to check the weight of populations and larger groups of people, not individuals, which is why the BMI is often faulty. With the new health craze over the BMI charts, someone who is 200lbs of muscle standing at 6 feet is “obese” while a man the same size in fat is also “obese”. The same goes for anyone, the best way to become healthy is to go to your doctor and make a plan to eat right and exercise. Ask them what your ideal weight should be.