(Closed) How do you measure up?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 62
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Busy bee

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@Rachel631:  Well, I think BMI doesn’t account for muscle mass, body fat %, and different proportions. So it’s really not consistent for everyone.

I’m 5’1″ and slightly over 100 lbs but I have a really short torso so my middle never really looks thin. Even though it says I am “underweight” I still look like I have love handles. On the other hand, I’m very muscular with a low body fat %, and so I looked toned, not skeletal. If that makes sense…

Post # 63
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Buzzing bee

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@itsmle:  “Thanks for enlightening my day. Off to starve myself…

+1.

Post # 65
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Sugar bee

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@MsJ2theZ:  Ha ha ha, that’s pretty funny about the BMI of 5.

Mine says

Obesity Index

21bmi

BMI is an estimate of how “overweight” or “obese” a person is

National

Below average

You have a lower BMI than 90% of females aged 30-44 in your country

Global

Below average
You have a lower BMI than 69% of females aged 30-44 in the world
 
Courtesy of an eating disorder, so, you know…

Post # 66
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@Jijitattoo:  LOL The thing I noticed first was that I was smaller than 100% of the country and I was like come on I’m not that skinny! Then I realized that it was because it thought I was a starved human. SAD! 

Post # 67
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Bee Keeper

I’m like someone from East Timor, which I just had to Google 

Post # 68
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Busy bee

 

This makes me feel bad for being thin.  My BMI can’t be so rare.

Post # 69
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Sugar bee

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@MsJ2theZ:  Yes, I’m 99.9% sure that it would not be possible to have a BMI of 5 and still be alive. I think 12ish would be the lowest possible.

Post # 70
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Bee Keeper
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@Jijitattoo:  You would think if that was someone’s results they would have an auto pop up for a phone number for help or something hahaha

Post # 71
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Ughh Underweight Per Usual 🙁

 

Post # 74
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I read a book once called Rethinking Thin, in which the author, Gina Kolatta, suggested (with evidence) that our bodies have a certain weight at which they “want” to be, and that if we eat normally and maintain a normal fitness regimen, we’ll be at about that weight.  Apparently, given controlled eating and exercise, most people’s bodies fluctuate by about 10-15 pounds, up or down, but not really more than that.  Her evidence was that most people who work very hard to lose a large amount of weight gain it back.  That’s all I remember for evidence, so it’s not super strong, but it’s an interesting supposition.

Post # 75
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

BMI isn’t an exact science. There are a lot of factors that go into it that aren’t relevent to your health… like how much feces are in your bowels.

My BMI is 22. “National

Below average

You have a lower BMI than 82% of females aged 15-29 in your country

Global

Above average

You have a higher BMI than 52% of females aged 15-29 in the world.”

 

Post # 76
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Bumble bee

You have a lower BMI than57% of females aged 15-29in the world. I’m like someone from Italy (?). Funny, because my home town in actually only a few hours North of Italy!

BMI is not bullshit. It measures height-adjusted weight, that’s is. For normal (non-athlete, etc.) adults, BMI is an excellent PREDICTOR, not determinant, of health. For instance, very muscular men will often be categorised as “obese”, since weight obviously does not distinguish between lean mass and adipose tissue. It also doesn’t work well for children.

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