Has anyone actually done this? Because I always kinda assumed I was medium framed, but my wrist are like 5.8"... freakishly tiny. Which with my height at 5'8'', puts me in the small framed catergory. Do you Bees find this accurate for you?
I've always heard that if you use your index finger and thumb to encircle your opposite wrist, and the tip of your index finger and thumb touch, you have a medium frame.
If they don't touch, you have a large frame, and if they overlap, you have a small frame.
Not sure how accurate that is overall but it's accurate for me.
That doesn't seem like a useful measure, given that the average woman in the US is 5'5"....so they left off 50% of the population by saying "over 5'5".
I'm 6ft 1in tall and my wrist is 6.2 inches. I'm definitely NOT "medium" sized compared to someone who is 8+ inches shorter than me, haha.
Also, why does it matter? Haha. Now that i've spent 5 minutes summaging around for a tape measure in my desk....lol.
@Gemstone: I've done it the fingers around the wrist method as well.
Yes, I have tiny wrists and I believe I have a small frame. 5'6", size 5 ring finger, size 7 feet. I've heard about the thumb and pinky thing and I can overlap mine.
@Paiger8: i'm middle height range but i'd have a small frame for even the shorter height range because my wrist are tiny. idk. I think your rib cage is a better indicator...though i guess unless you are thin you can't measure that...
@Gemstone: Yeah mine overlap.
@crayfish: I've been doing My Fitness Pal, trying to lose a little weight and get fit. Your ideal weight depends a lot on your frame size. :)
I have 6" wrists at a little over 5'5" but I don't think I have a small frame. I've got wide hips, broad shoulders and average sized fingers.
I have a large frame according to my wrist measurement but I am petite. My measurements are 34/24/36.
Yeah, your "frame" isn't about your weight. And being short doesn't automatically = small frame and being tall doesn't automatically = large frame. It's about your frame as built by your skeleton. Then as @Paiger8: said, your "ideal" body weight is based off your height and frame size.
@Gemstone: I have really tiny wrists, and apparently even tinier fingers! I can just barely make my finger and thumb touch. I might be a big-framed, small person? This is such a funny concept!
I'm 5'4.5 and my wrist is 5.5 inch. But I think I have big hands/long fingers too. My thumb overlaps down to my knucle on my pinky. I've always considered myself to have a small frame.
@everridiculous: Haha, I know what you mean! Kinda silly. And I'm sure the method isn't exact, but it makes sense in general, I guess?
I was taught this method when becoming a registered dietitian so I do think its an accurate method.
It may work for some people, but not for others. I have a couple of friends who have tiny wrists but medium or large frames.
Omg I totally believe it!
I have always said that I am small framed an NO one believes me because I look a "normal" weight now, but I think I am overweight. But if you are small framed....then you can be overweight but the numbers just don't add up! I am 5'8'' and my wrist size is 5.9 inches. Skinny lanky wrists. Someday, when I am at my goal weight, all the people who made me feel bad for wanting to lose weight will understand what being small framed means. They have no problem understanding being large framed because it is totally logical, but they just do not understand being small framed!
sorry, that's a sweeping generalization...Not EVERYONE thinks this way, but a lot of people... =/
ETA: I agree with the PP, there are some people with large wrists and small frames and vice versa.
@everridiculous: that makes two of us!!! even at my heaviest (181) i could still circle my index/thumb around my wrist. i was a big girl with thin wrists. i am big framed, def not small framed.
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