(Closed) BMI- anyone else doubt its ability to be applied to everyone?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@SparkleBee11:  actually lots of doctors don’t use it anymore because it doesn’t take muscle weight into account

Post # 4
4371 posts
Honey bee

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
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
13684 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
3077 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m considered borderline obese according to the BMI scale..

Post # 10
1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

BMI is crap and I wish people would stop using it

Post # 11
2610 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@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
10650 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
11744 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@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
38 posts
  • Wedding: August 2016

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.

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