Post # 1
I am 5’6 one leg, and 5’7 on another. Depending on which height I use, it states I am under weight or normal. I know for a fact I am not under weight. My Dr. has checked (at my request- not because they thought I was underweight)- and the Dr. was suprised that at 5’6 it said I was underweight. We even averaged the weight to 5’6.5, it still put me in the under weight category. My body fat ratio is ideal (which is why my Dr said I was not under weight).
I just feel that the difference of 1 little inch, really should not classify someone differently. My doctor said it is more of a guideline, than it is definitive. Can one calculation method truly account for all the different shapes people come in? Anyone else find such odd discrepencies?
Post # 3
@SparkleBee11: actually lots of doctors don’t use it anymore because it doesn’t take muscle weight into account
Post # 4
It says I’m underweight, but I feel pretty normal and healthy. My body fat measuring scale says body fat is 13%. I’m not sure what that means, but I feel good, am active, all my other numbers are in the good or normal range.
Post # 5
I dont trus it. Because im only 4′ 11 I’m still classed healthy at 92 lb. That would be 20lb lighter than I am at the moment….im not sure where I coud loose it from. 5lb I could lose comfortably. But 20. I’d be a skelliton. I havent been that weight since I was in primary school.
Post # 6
Most doctors don’t rely on a BMI, because it’s simply a ratio of height and weight. I can’t remember the last time the term “BMI” came up in any medical exam I’ve had.
Post # 7
I’m considered borderline obese according to the BMI scale..
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Post # 10
BMI is crap and I wish people would stop using it
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I am considered Morbidly Obese according to my BMI. I know I am “overweight” but seriously…I don’t consider myself morbidly obese nor do I think I need to or could loose the 80 lbs BMI would suggest I should to be “normal”. I’m aiming very realistically to lose maybe 10 lbs before my wedding. I’m already down 10 lbs from May of this year.
Post # 12
@LilLis: Lol, I’m 4’10” and 90lbs. And not a skeleton 🙂 Everyone carries their weight differently though
@Ms_Purple: 80 lbs?!?! What?! I really don’t see at all where you could lose 80 lbs. Yeah… that can’t be accurate.
Post # 13
It wasn’t meant to be applied to everyone. It’s a tool based on the average population to give health professionals a guideline. I think some people get really hung up on it.
Post # 14
BMI is only one measurement to be used as a guide and should be used in conjunction with other measures of health, such as body fat percentage. I don’t put much stock in it.
Post # 15
@AB Bride: Agree.
It is just one form of measurement, not the end all be all. Do I think it alone is very accurate-probably not, do I think it is the devil-no.
Post # 16
BMI isn’t a good measurement of how healthy a person’s weight is. Unless it’s paired with waist girth and sum of five skinfolds, it’s essentially meaningless. I’m overweight according to my BMI, but I didn’t need the scale to tell me that. I know how many lbs I need to lose to be comfortable with my weight, and I think that’s more useful than an arbitrary measurement.
Story: I was at a specialist’s office for stomach problems (completely unrelated to weight, unless I was morbidly obese, which I am not), and he was like “hmmm… just out of curiosity, let’s check out your BMI! Oh look, you’re overweight!”
Well done, Sherlock.