(Closed) BMI vs How you look

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

My goal body weight is right at the edge of normal/overweight based on BMI. I’m just a few pounds over that now.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

They acutally lowered the overweight number in 1998 to 25 I think from 30. http://www.bigfatblog.com/bmi-change-1998

Yes it is a general tool to try and help but it has sort of become meaningless.  If you are an althlete, or a weight lifter than it is useless because it doesn’t care if the weight is muscle or fat.  

It can be a helpful tool for the general population and I think now a days they still don’t harp on you about being obese until you’ve hit the 30 mark anyway and in the underweight category doctors often use the number for eating disorders to see if they’ve got the patients back on track to being a healthy weight.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Mrs Christopher:  Yes that’s why they keep reporting such a high percentage of people being obese when it is clear from looking around that the number should not be as high as they report (it is not 30%). The weights they use to determine overweight and obese are too low.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Agreed with PP’s about BMI being BS. My BMI says I’m slightly overweight, I weigh 150 wear between a size 4-6 and workout a lot (mostly boxing). Muscle tips the scale for sure.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m 5’10” and right now at 170 lbs I’m still called obese. I’m a size 10/12 right now. I also have a large bone structure and am very muscular, and even when I was 10-15 pounds heavier (size 12) I didn’t think I looked obese, nor did my friends/family. I am trying to lose a little more weight and would love to easily fit into a size 10.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I can’t agree that BMI is BS. I think there are more accurate ways of determining an accurate and healthy weight for your body type and your height (hydrostatic weighting being the most accurate), but that doesn’t make BMI complete BS. Depending on your body shape and muscle mass, BMI tends to not account for those things, and thus people will be shown as being overweight when in fact they’re quite fit. I just kind of feel like people fall into the overweight or obese range because sometimes they are that…overweight or obese…regardless of muscle mass or bone structure (not everyone!). And they point to the BMI and say, “oh well that doesn’t account for my muscles!” and use it as an excuse.

I apologize if that’s too blunt, but I think excuses should be limited or nonexistent when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle and getting down to a weight range that’s good for your height.

Post # 24
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

As others have said, BMI is worthless!  I think it was created by using deceased 6 foot men’s bodies to displace water.  So first of all it wasn’t even comparable to a woman.  And as others have said, it gets messed up if you are an athlete or fitter than an average person.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

BMI is not accurate for certain body types. It says I am on the cusp of normal and overweight, but I am fit and very active. Have a look. You tell me if this is overweight. I wouldn’t focus on your BMI unless you are not active and fit the profile of people it is useful for. If you have an athletic build, are muscley, or anything other then “typical” it is useless. 

**ETA – just for clarification, I am 5’5″ and 140 in this photo measuring 34-28-38 at 23% body fat (taken June 2nd).

Post # 26
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

BMI is not worthless or BS. It’s a wonderful alterative to weight alone, which was the standard before BMI and took no account for height, so a woman who was 150 was overweight, even if she was 6 feet tall. BMI is the best you can measure on your own at home without buying expensive equipment. An actualy body fat moniter that sends an electric impulse through your body to calculate your density if much better, but that sh•t is expensive, and all you need to calculate BMI is a scale and your height. It’s general knowledge that you have to use this information with a grain of salt, because you are getting an estimate, but to the OP, size 12 to 14 could be a big problem depending on your height and body structure or just fine as well. I’m a 12, 5’8″, and I’m in the middle of the overweight category, but my body fat percentage is lower than BMI would calculate because I’m rather athletic. I have friends, however, who would be at serious health risks if they were a 12 because they are short with small frames. It’s a set of guidelines and it’s more helpful than having nothing to go on but your weight.

Post # 27
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@SillyStacey:  Honestly, as an overweight person myself, I would call you on the cusp of normal and overweight. That doesn’t mean you aren’t healthy and fit.

Post # 29
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@SillyStacey:  I still think you look great, but you have visible bodyfat, and I don’t think anyone in their right mind would call you fat, but from a health perspective, I totally believe you are on the cusp between normal and overweight. Plus, under BMI, “overweight” is not a concern in and of itself, but a warning to not stray towards obses. Both are in the “health” range.

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2005

I’ve never gone by BMI it’s not worth anything becaus eit doesn’t take your build into account. You should think about your body fat percentage though.

Post # 31
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@SillyStacey:  FWIW, I would not call you “overweight” and that is not me blowing smoke.  I think you absolutely should fall in the “normal” range. 

This thread is interesting because my Fiance and I just had our first meeting with our personal trainer last night, which we hired to tone up for the wedding.  We are both in shape but are looking to get more toned, and I was curious what the BMI measurement he took meant, if anything.  We both were at 21.5, so it looks like that’s somewhere in the “normal” range, if I’m reading correctly…whatever the heck that means. 

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