NHANES Data Explorer

Gender split (males/females)
Mass

histrogram for mass and given gender split
Stature

histrogram for stature and given gender split
BMI

histrogram for BMI and given gender split

Background

These data are calculated from the 2007-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). Although the surveys include data from participants of all ages, the results here are for adults aged 20-80 years. These data can be used to provide insight and data on the body size and shape of populations. Three National Health Examination Surveys (NHES) of the civilian population of the United States were conducted from 1959 to 1970. NHES was succeeded in 1971 by the NHANES survey run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NHANES I, II, and III were compiled in the years 1971-1975, 1976-1980, and 1988-1994, respectively. Since 1999, the NHANES study is ongoing with data releases every two years. This new strategy for data collection provides up-to-date estimates stature, mass, and BMI for the US Civilian population. Although additional descriptive anthropometry would be helpful, they are not a part of the NHANES data collection procedure or results. on in improved NHANES databases have been compiled every two years in order to avoid temporal errors in anthropometric analyses. However, they are not comprehensive, and are characterized by a dearth of anthropometry in addition to stature and BMI.

This calculator allows you to enter a desired gender split (expressed as a percentage of males / females in the population) and percentile; the stature, mass, or BMI are returned for the given gender split and percentile. A histogram of the measures is also provided.

The NHANES data are available for download directly from the CDC.