Post # 32
BMI had never even crossed my mind until I got pregnant. The nurse calculated 19, which is normal for my height I guess and they weigh me every time I come in to see how much weight I am gaining. Otherwise, I just exercised and watched my portion sizes. I figure as long as your healthy, that is all that matters right?
Post # 33
I would not call her overweight at all. Yes she has visible body fat but fat is not 100% EVIL, we have body fat for a reason, it cushions and protects our internal organs. Naturally fit and healthy women are not supposed to be at 5% body fat or whateves like extreme bodybuilders.
Post # 34
@caits615: I don’t think that’s true. If you need an excuse to justify any number (on the scale, BMI or otherwise) then there’s the problem. I know I have some weight to lose and am overweight. I can admit that because I’m not stupid. But please don’t pretend to tell me that just because someone falls in the normal range that they’re “normal.” I run 5 times a week, do yoga EVERY day, never eat more than 1,600 calories, walk 3 miles a day and do everything I can to lose weight. No one is going to tell me that just because my BMI is high (and again, I DO have some weight I HAVE to lose before I’m in the normal range) that my friend who is smack in the middle of the normal range, eats donuts daily for breakfast and hasn’t worked out since we were on the soccer team together in 1998 is healthier. Sorry, nuh-uh.
I think people feel the numbers matter a lot more than they do. BMI, the number on the scale, body mass, etc. it’s more important to follow healthyhabits, take care of our body, eat well and work out than just go “well my BMI or body mass says I’m ok.”
Post # 35
@Absolute: I’m not trying to say that at all. I’ve been in the obese range due to bad habits and I’m aware of those people who eat crap all day and break a sweat walking up a flight of stairs and yet are in the normal range. All I’m saying is that, while it’s not 100% accurate, it is a guide and a lot of people don’t see what they like when they see their BMI and thus claim it’s lack of accuracy and their build/muscle mass on why they’re not in a certain range. I used the word’s “some people” and reiterated that this is not everyone. Someone above mentioned someone who is 5’2″ and 175, but “all muscle”. Seriously?? I was 5’1″ and 176 and that is NOT a healthy range for anyone, regardless of muscle.
Post # 36
@Absolute: Sorry, one more thing. I agree that people put much stress on the #’s and really they should go by how they feel and how their clothes fit, but it’s still a guide used by the medical community and I don’t think it’s silly or worthless.
Post # 37
I don’t think BMI is phooey. I want to be honest with myself about my health. I was mostly getting at, is my perception off? After everyone’s input I’d say yes and no. When I weighed 164 I looked like @sillystacey if not thinner. My arms had extra weight to them, my tummy was saggy due to baby belly but there was not fat in my sag. ewww huh lol saggy tummy is way prettier fat! The rest of me was tight and in no way bulky. I highly doubt the ol bod will look as great this go round since I am considerably older and have had and nursed another baby in the meantime. I do think my perception is off a bit now though due to my clothing size. I look in the mirror and see a size of clothes not really the size of person. I am soft bodied as all get out right now so I probably do look obese to others and a scientific number confirms it. I’m really glad someone mentioned waist size, can’t say mine is a healthy diameter. I’d say I am kite shaped lol
So all in all I like the support of the numbers when assessing my own health. The scale helps me stay on track(gained 7 lbs when it broke), bmi will keep me from feeling steamrolled by a concerned Dr, the tape measure to remind myself of what I may not “see” in the mirror and my clothes size for how much easier it is to find clothes as that number goes down.
Post # 38
@SillyStacey: I think you are normal!! not overweight by any means
Post # 39
I dont think you look nearly “overweight” at all. I mean, overweight for what? You clearly are in the healthy range, and your body composition would not be worrisome to your health in the least bit. Anyone who says otherwise is full of it, or their idea on a healthy body is completely out of wack. I have the same body composition, basically, just totally different shape than you.
Post # 40
Oh and I stopped giving a cra about weight or BMI last year when I came back from Jamaica. I looked at the videos and I was pretty skinny, and my weight would have told me otherwise, if I paid any attention to the scale….
Post # 41
BMI says I’m overweight, and I am overweight. BMI is more of a guideline for ordinary people I think. If you’re a bodybuilder, then it’s not gonna work for you.
I know that people think I’m crazy when I say I am overweight because objectively, my size doesn’t stike anyone as obese, and dress size wize, im about a 6-8, but i’m only about a 4 for tops/jackets. I look small, bc I do have a smaller frame. BUT, I’m about 33% body fat, which is high, and medical professionals have told me I’m overweight.
I guess I’m what you call “skinny fat” where with the right clothes and shoes, I look thin, but I really am 1/3 body fat, haha.
Post # 42
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
@fiver: I never said that was evil or that there was anything wrong with her, but I don’t think her photos shows that BMI is inaccurate for her.
Post # 43
@WonderBee: Yea that kinda reminds me of my friends. There are shorter and no one considered them overweight because they are tiny and fit in tiny sizes but there body fat was high and in proportion to them they were overweight. So I guess in that regard BMI is a good thing. For my body and my shape I do calculate BMI because I am not an athlete. Right now BMI considers me overweight and I would agree. I have gained a lot of fat to the point of it looks unhealthy which is finally why I am doing something about it.
I have 10 pounds to go before I am in a normal BMI range and I would agree with that.
Post # 44
BMI of 22 and this is me:
Post # 45
Ah BMI, my enemy.
After losing 130 pounds I have added a ton of muscle thanks to my extremely rigorous volleyball schedule and still have an abundance of extra skin. According to my BMI I am overweight, which who knows may be true.
In my case it is very frustrating and difficult to really know my size. Am I healthy and active and do I eat right, absolutely. Am I thin, no. I have abs and muscles that are dying to be shown but thanks to my skin and post weightloss cellulite I don’t dare. I mean my arms would be half their size (seriously!) if it weren’t for the extra skin! 🙁
I don’t think BMI is an accurate portrayal of health because it doesn’t take into account any of those factors that are crucial in really understanding someone’s body and health.
Post # 46
I haven’t given BMI much thought or researched it other than the quick Internet calculater. I’m 5’8/132 pounds or a size 2/4 depending on brand and it puts me in the ” normal” category. I think that probably is pretty accurate but I’m in no way a ” fit ” person. I couldn’t run a mile solid to save my life I bet.