(Closed) Anyone else hate how the BMI labels your weight class?

posted 10 years ago in Wellness
Post # 17
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I have heard this a lot about the BMI.  I really think it’s not a helpful way to deal with your weight. It seems to me that it misrepresents people and makes people feel bad about themselves.  Worcesterbride, I think you look beautiful!  And no, not anywhere near obese!

Post # 18
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My husband is underweight eek! I am in the normal range. But I had a friend in college who was very built, tons of muscle and he played sports and worked out all the time. Thing is, he was 5’4″ so he was considered Obese. I couldn’t stop laughing when he told me that. Anyone looking at this guy would have been a fool to call him obese.

Just goes to show that fancy formulas and computer models can’t replicate commen sense and judgement.

On a side note: This is why I don’t keep a scale in my house. I think we get obsessed with the number, but there are so many factors that go into our bodily make-up, we are all unique. Not focusing on a number allows me to focus more on how I feel. I can tell when my weight starts to fluctuate and can then adjust my diet or lifestyle accordingly. I guessed my weight for this hehe

Post # 19
1509 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think the BMI is a very accurate calculation.  It doesn’t take into account the size of your frame.  For example, I have a very small frame (I can literally put my thumb and pointer finger around my ankle and have them touch). At 5’6″ and 120 lbs, I still have some noticeable fat on my lower stomach which I am trying to lose before the wedding (I’m not even comfortable at this point to wear a bikini and stick to one piece suits because of this).  By the BMI calculator, I am on the very low end of normal weight, but this isn’t accurate.  If I had a medium or large frame and weighed this much (even though my BMI would be exactly the same), then I would look gaunt and quite sick. 

I think the BMI is ok to use for a reference, but the most accurate way to see how healthy you are is to find out what your fat percentage is and your resting metabolic weight.  From here you can determine the required amount of calories you need each day and how many you can eat less of in order to lose weight safely.

Post # 20
6659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I lost a lot of weight recently, I’m 5’1″ and was about 128, now down to 104. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you plug the numbers, i was technically overweight at a size 6 and now not even at the bottom of the scale at a size 2. I think the problem is when the charts were put together, the average person was a lot smaller than today. If I was clothes shopping at my current size in 1950, I would be buying a size 6 or 8, but today I’m a 0/2. Our perception has definitely changed when it comes to what is overweight.

Post # 21
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t the BMI calculation based on a man’s body and not a woman’s?  I think I heard that somewhere and if true, it’s completely ridiculous since women have completely different body shapes than men and can be healthy even if they are a little wide in the hips.

Post # 22
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I know how you feel!! I used to be in the “morbidly obese” category and thought it was awesome when I lost weight and now I’m just “obese” LOL… I’m 5’9, large frame, broad shoulders, big hands, big girl! But I AM NOT somebody that needs a crane to lift me out of the house, or a truckload of cupcakes delivered every night. It is crappy and it’s something we have to deal with. However, I know even if I drop my desired weight (50 lbs), I”ll still be considered Obese, and the BMI folks can just kiss my big fat ass, because I love my curves and I want to keep them!!!

Post # 23
67 posts
Worker bee

I am considered “obese” as well. But, I have ran a full marathon, and 3 half marathons, teach 4 fitness classes a week at a local gym, and am getting my degree in nutrition in the spring.Does that sound like an obese person… I think not!

From all of the courses I’ve taken in nutrition and wellness I have learned that your waist to hip ratio is more important than your BMI. So, if you have a smaller waist and bigger hips, that is healthier than if you have a big waist and big hips because it is natural for women to have larger hips because it is an evolutionary advantage, whereas a large waist has a high correlation to diabetes and heart disease later in life.


This is my biggest soap box, I could go on forever, but if YOU feel healthy with your body- that is all that matters!

Post # 24
45 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

I think BMI should be considered as one peice of the puzzle.  Looking at you body fat %, exercise levels, nutrition, blood presusre, chloresterol, heart rate, and overall happiness should also play a part in determining if you are at a healthy weight for your body.

Post # 25
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

The more kosher measurement for health aspects of weight/shape now is waist-hip ratio.  It takes into account the fact that if you carry an extra 20 pounds, while that may put you into the overweight or obese categories of the BMI chart, it’s not going to kill you unless it’s pooling around your midsection.


Post # 26
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

That is insane, I don’t think the BMI is any way to determine if you are overweight. They expect that the best weight for someone that is 5’4 is to be about 110 pounds. I didn’t even weigh that in high school! I was about 130 pounds, which I think is pretty averagely acceptable, and I fit into size 5 Calvins. So no, I don’t agree with it.

Post # 27
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

ugh! I’m with you! i’m considered obese too, which is ridiculous. i’m definitely overweight and i need to loose a few pounds, but obese?  It makes me not take those scary obese statistics seriously at all. i wear a size 10! my problem is that i’m five feet tall so i’m supposed to be 100 pounds or something, but i’ve got curves and a defined waist so i really don’t think it’s that bad.  my wii fit disagrees however, the jerk.

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