Most women today are very cautious about their body figure and weight. To make sure that a female’s weight is appropriate, she should be aware of her Body Mass Index. The Body Mass Index of a woman’s body varies according to her age and physical conditions. As the women’s age increases they tend to deposit more fat on their breasts and hips, thus their BMI varies by age. Height also plays an important factor and the body mass index of the women can be calculated also on the basis of height.

BMI is basically calculated on the basis of women’s height and weight which tells us whether she comes under the category of underweight, normal, overweight and obese. It is really important to know your BMI as it can be the cause of many health related problems in women..

How to Calculate Age Wise BMI for Women ?

Based on the calculations of BMI for an average adult, here is the table depicting various conditions of the body.

CategoryBMI (kg / m²)Body weight
Severe thinness<16.0Underweight
Moderate thinness16.0 – 17.0Underweight
Slight thinness17.0 – 18.5Underweight
Normal weight18.5 – 24.9Normal weight
Pre-obese25.0 – 29.9Overweight
Type I obesity30.0 – 34.9Obesity
Type II Obesity35.0 – 39.9Obesity
Type III Obesity≥ 40Obesity

The above table shows the general calculation. But when we consider sex and age of a person it may vary. Girls below the age of 12 have less BMI as compared to the girls having age more than 12 as in teenagers girls, they will start having hormonal changes which will lead to depositing of the fat on the various parts of the body. Thus increasing fat will increase the BMI of the girl. Girls having BMI between 16-18 below the age of 12 can’t be considered underweight.

Here we represent you the table which shows normal BMI among the different age groups of women.

BMI Table Age Wise for Women

AgeAverage BMI
2024-26
3026-27
4027-28
5028-29
6027-28

How to Calculate Height Wise BMI of the Women?

Height plays an important role when calculating the BMI of the women’s body. As if we go normally the taller women will have more mass on their body compared to women who are shorter in height.

There are two formulas followed when it comes to calculate height wise BMI for the women.

How to Calculate Height Wise BMI for Women in the Imperial System?

The imperial system by which BMI is calculated of the women is given below:

BMI = (kg/m² )  (weight in pounds * 703 ) / height in inches²

You can view the below table to get the ideal weight in pounds to maintain a normal BMI for a healthy women:

Height Wise Ideal Weight For Women Imperial System

Height(feet and inches)WomenBMI 22
5’0″108 lb.114.4 lb.
5’1″112119
5’2″116123
5’3″119128
5’4″123132
5’5″127136
5’6″131141
5’7″134145
5’8″138150
5’9″142154
5’10”146158
5’11”149163
6’0″153167
6’1″157172
6’2″160176
6’3″164180
6’4″168185
6’5″172189
6’6″175194

How to Calculate Height Wise BMI for Women in the Metric System?

Another formula which is used to calculate the BMI on the basis of height is in metric system which is as follows:

BMI = ( kg/m² )     weight in kilograms / height in meters²

According to the metric system, here is the table for ideal weight to be maintained by women for the normal BMI. 

Height Wise Weight for a Women to Maintain Normal BMI 

Height (in cms)Women (in kg)BMI 22
15249 52
1555154
1575256
1605458
1635660
1655762
1685964
1706166
1736368
1756470
1786672
1806874
2136976
2167178
2187380
2217482
2247684
2267886
2298088

BMI is important to know for a women as it will tell them how much fat they need in their body to return to normal and healthy weight. So you can check your height and see your weight according to the table mentioned above and maintain a healthy BMI for your body.

What is the Average BMI of Women According to Country?

According to report by WHO around 2.8 million people are dying each year due to diseases which they get due to being overweight and being obese. As the body mass index increases risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and ischemic strokes. Average body mass index of an adult woman should be in the range of 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2. According to a report in 2008 around 35% of women were overweight with BMI > 25 and out of these 14% of women were under category of being obese whose BMI was greater than 30. A record states that more than 297 million women were obese over the age of 20 which accounts for more than half of world female population.

There are regions of WHO where the rate of obesity was higher than other areas. American region had 62% population being overweight out of which 26% were obese. The lowest rate of overweight people was found in the South Asian region. In the European and Mediterranen region 50% of female population were overweight according to the BMI. If we consider all the regions of the world women were founded to be more obese than men.

You can see the average BMI of the females in some of the countries in the world in the table given below:

Average Female BMI in Different Countries

CountryOverall meanBMI (kg/m2)Female meanBMI (kg/m2)
Saudi Arabia28.828.8
Tonga31.933.5
Samoa31.733.5
Kuwait3030.8
Saint Kitts and Nevis29.730.9
Saint Lucia29.630.2
Kiribati29.630.5
Palau29.429.5
Federated States of Micronesia29.431
Tuvalu29.329.9
Qatar29.230.1
Marshall Islands29.230
Egypt29.230.7
United Arab Emirates2929.7
Jordan28.929.7
Belize28.930.2
Cook Islands26.125.8
Bahamas28.829.6
Trinidad and Tobago28.729.4
Barbados28.730
United States28.528.7
Libya28.429.6
Bahrain28.228.6
Mexico28.128.7
Antigua and Barbuda28.129.5
Syria28.129
Iraq2828.8
New Zealand27.927.8
Lebanon27.827.6
Uruguay27.828
Turkey27.828.5
Argentina27.727.5
Ireland27.527.1
Andorra27.527.1
Kazakhstan27.427.5
El Salvador27.428
Azerbaijan27.428.1
Suriname27.428.2
Jamaica27.429.2
United Kingdom27.327.1
Greece27.327.2
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines27.328.1
South Africa27.329.1
Australia27.226.8
Canada27.226.8
Malta27.226.8
Venezuela27.227.1
Georgia27.227.3
Fiji27.228.4
Panama27.127.7
Cyprus2726.3
Ecuador2727.7
Grenada2728.7
Dominica2729
Czech Republic26.926
Slovenia26.926.3
Oman26.927.1
Costa Rica26.927.1
Nicaragua26.927.8
Chile26.826.9
Tunisia26.827.5
Seychelles26.828
Spain26.726
Moldova26.727.1
Dominican Republic26.727.4
Armenia26.727.4
Lithuania26.626
Belarus26.626.2
Swaziland26.528.9
Luxembourg26.525.5
Slovakia26.525.7
Russia26.526.8
Guatemala26.527.1
Poland26.425.7
Turkmenistan26.426.4
Honduras26.427.3
Guyana26.327.6
Hungary26.325.2
Germany26.325.6
Israel26.326.2
Peru26.326.9
Iran26.227.2
Portugal26.225.7
Brunei26.226.6
Cuba26.226.7
Kyrgyzstan26.226.8
Vanuatu26.226.8
Algeria26.227
Albania26.125.6
Bosnia and Herzegovina26.125.7
Uzbekistan26.126.3
Mongolia2626.4
Norway2625.2
Italy2625.2
Bulgaria2625.3
Montenegro2625.5
Ukraine2625.8
Bolivia25.927.3
Colombia25.926.5
Brazil25.926
Iceland25.925.1
Finland25.925.3
Yemen25.826.5
Paraguay25.826
Latvia25.825.1
Sweden25.824.9
Serbia25.825.2
North Macedonia25.825.3
Mauritius25.626.2
Equatorial Guinea25.626.1
Morocco25.625.9
Gabon25.526.4
Solomon Islands25.526.4
Belgium25.524.7
Estonia25.524.3
Croatia25.524.6
Tajikistan25.425.3
Netherlands25.425
Austria25.424.4
Papua New Guinea25.325.6
Malaysia25.325.6
Romania25.324.9
Denmark25.324.5
France25.324.6
Switzerland25.323.8
South Sudan25.226.7
Sudan25.226.7
Maldives25.125.9
Lesotho24.927.1
Mauritania24.826.4
Sao Tome and Principe24.825.6
Botswana24.726.6
Cabo Verde24.725.4
Cameroon24.425.1
Namibia24.325.6
Ghana24.225.1
Comoros24.125.1
Thailand24.124.6
Angola24.124.6
Haiti24.124
Gambia2425.1
Liberia2424.9
China23.923.6
South Korea23.923.4
Pakistan23.824.4
Bhutan23.824.2
Singapore23.723.2
Côte d’Ivoire23.624.1
Zimbabwe23.425
Benin23.424.3
Nigeria23.424
Republic of the Congo23.324.1
Djibouti23.323.9
Togo23.224
Philippines23.223.4
Guinea-Bissau23.123.9
Tanzania23.124
Senegal2324.1
Kenya2324
Sri Lanka2323.5
Indonesia22.923.4
Sierra Leone22.823.6
Malawi22.823.3
Mali22.823
Guinea22.723.3
Zambia22.623.8
Myanmar22.623.2
Laos22.622.7
Japan22.621.7
Central African Republic22.423.2
Mozambique22.323
Chad22.322.5
Democratic Republic of the Congo22.222.5
Nepal22.222
Burkina Faso22.122
Uganda2223
Rwanda2222.7
Somalia21.922.5
India21.922.1
Cambodia21.922
North Korea21.821.8
Niger21.722.2
Vietnam21.621.6
Afghanistan21.621.8
Timor-Leste21.221
Madagascar21.121.2
Bangladesh2121.2
Burundi20.921.3
Ethiopia20.621
Eritrea20.521

The BMI of the women also depends upon the income level of the country. The women were found to be overweight in high-income countries compared to the countries with lower and middle-income countries. The countries with lower income had more obese women than men. In 2016, Samoa an island nation in Polynesia had an average BMI of females 34.3, the highest in the world, whereas Ethiopia recorded the lowest with 21.1. The US women had an average BMI of 29.8 in 2016.

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