Post # 1
My bmi says I am certainly obese. My goal weight bmi is at the very tip top of normal. 6.5 years ago when I was midway between the 2 it says I was overweight but people were asking if I was about done losing because I looked so small. That is something I asked people to not do this time because it mentally blocked me from losing more.I see parts that could have been thinner but I looked pretty good overall. I am between a 12 and 14 now, does that seem obese? Is the disconnect due to vanity sizing? Looking in the mirror after a shower I don’t see an obese person at all and I can be quite self critical ; )
Any one else feel the ideal bmi and ideal look are pretty far apart? Maybe being a little bigger for quite awhile has blurred my perception?
Post # 3
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@Jennawesbren: I’m kind of the same. BMI also will tell bodybuilders they are obese.
Body composition is a lot more useful. You can usually book one at your gym.
Post # 4
My BMI is between 22 and 23. The top half of normal. I’m a distance runner so I feel like I’m a little bit bigger than a lot of my fellow runners, but I also lift weights so I have a bit more muscle tone. Meh. I feel healthy, my blood pressure, resting heart rate, and cholesterol are all in check… and to me those numbers are far more important than the number on a scale 🙂
Post # 5
BMI doesn’t know you personally and can’t take into account muscle mass and build. It’s the same thing as some women can weigh the same and be the same height but be a totally different dress size.
Post # 6
I agree with Miss Eagle.
I powerlift, so I have a ton of muscle mass and according to my BMI I am obese. I could probably stand to lose 5 lbs of fat, but I am also shooting for another 5-8 lbs of muscle. I wear a size 6 or 8 and no one has ever called me obese.
In order to be in a healthy weight range I would have to lose 14 lbs!
Post # 7
BMI is such a crock of shit. It takes into account two things–your weight and your height. You could be 5’2″ and 175lbs of muscle, and a BMI scale will tell you that you’re overweight.
You need to calculate your body fat percentage. You also have to remember that your body has essential fats (what’s in your organs) and storage fat. You NEED some storage fat, especially as a woman who has breasts, hips, thighs, and pelvis area. Healthy levels in women under 40 are 25-38% health standards and 20-33% for fitness standards. Over 40 is 20-35% health standards and 16-28% for fitness standards.
Post # 8
I hate BMI, it tries to standardize everyone when in fact everyone’s body is different (frame, build, etc.).
According to BMI, I’m underweight and Darling Husband is overweight. I think we both look just about right for our bodies:
Post # 9
I ignore my BMI. It says I’m underweight and I look perfectly fine. I’m healthy and I don’t look too thin. I use to worry about it but I’ve grown to not care 🙂 Dr says I’m healthy and that’s all that matters 🙂
Post # 10
My doctor has told me BMI is total crap. According to my BMI I am overweight. According to my measurements I also have 17% body fat, which for a woman is considered in the “athlete” catrgory, so by no means am I too big.
Muscle really does weigh more than fat.
My doctor has told me time and time agian that the number you need to worry most about is your waist measurements. Because that is much more of an indicator of how healthy you are and any potential health problems you might face (your waist should be no more than half your height-if not you are more at risk for heart disease, apparently).
Post # 11
@sara_tiara: A pound is a pound is a pound… BUT! You’re right- a pound of muscle takes up a LOT less space than a pound of fat. It’s denser.
Post # 12
@sara_tiara: “My doctor has told me time and time agian that the number you need to worry most about is your waist measurements. Because that is much more of an indicator of how healthy you are and any potential health problems you might face (your waist should be no more than half your height-if not you are more at risk for heart disease, apparently).”
Interesting! I’ve always used body fat percentage as a good indicator (because BMI is crap). I’ve never heard about the waist size indicator!
Post # 13
bmi is phooey. I’m 5’9″ and about 170 lbs. I’m “overweight” according to bmi, I’ve always been athletic though.
Post # 14
@Mrs.KMM: I’ve heard/read that people who have a higher body fat percentage, but carry that fat around their hips/butt/thighs have a lower risk of weight-related diseases than those who carry that weight around their midsection. Think, pear-shaped versus apple-shaped. People with excessive midsection fat have more visceral fat, fat around their vital organs. Higher body fat percentage in general is a risk factor, but the risk is even higher if that fat is all over your organs.
Post # 15
@DaneLady: Thank you for explaining it better than I ever could have 😛
Post # 16
Darling Husband is a great example of how BMI is essentially useless. According to the BMI, he’s morbidly obese and has been ever since highschool. This is total crap though because he’s always had a low percentage of body fat. He just builds muscle insanely easy (which I’m jealous of) and has a ton of it.