(Closed) How do you measure up?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 107
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

Well suddenly I dont feel as bad about myself. All of us want to gain or lose 5 pounds. I’ve had a hard time accepting the 5 pounds of muscle I put on, but considering the only nation scrawnier than the one I got was Ethiopia I guess I’m good. Now I understand why before people said I looked like death, and that all the endurance sports have made me look healthy.

 

Post # 108
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@MLDoddie:  Ha, I feel the same way! Slightly cheered (similar stats to you, actually.)

I had a stupid little thrill when I realized my BMI is sliiightly below the average for my height/age for women in South Korea, because I always get these little jolts of insecurity seeing the supertiny girls. (I am still slightly stocky in build and not graceful/waiflike and often feel unfeminine as a result.)

Post # 110
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@Rachel631:  The doc tells me I should be down to 123, but I have seen myself at that weight, and I start looking sickly.  I am shooting for 140, I don’t want to be teeny tiny, I want to be healthy and still have my curves.  I look my best around 140, and so far I am on track to reach my goals……without all the miserableness and starvation of another 17 pounds, on top of the 30 pounds I need to lose.

 

I think you should weigh what you feel is healthy, I don’t believe in starvation, and being super skinny doesn’t work for all of us.  I know my bone structure just don’t support super skinny.

Post # 112
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@Rachel631:  Yep….wide shoulders and hips.  And I would say a medium to large bone structure…..and I am 5’4″.   So I am fairly short.  I have been down to 125-130, and it just don’t look good on me……but that was when I was much younger.  I will be 43 when I marry, and starvation just don’t work for my anymore.  The older our bodies gets the harder it is to take it off.

 

I have no doubt that you will look terrific on your wedding day.  The way I see it, everyone is different, our bodies, our likes, our ideas.  What a boring world it would be if we all were cookie cutter duplicates.  Good luck on your weight loss!!

 

And HUGE boobs to make it all worse…..LOL!!

Post # 113
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@Atalanta:  LOL!!  I needed the computer to tell me that I am fatter than the planet!! Funny thing is…..it seems that I see people larger than myself all the time!!  Maybe they are from a different planet???

Post # 115
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Ethiopia for me!

Post # 116
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

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@braverbeating:  26 isn’t obese! 26 is just into overweight. 

For the record, my BMI was 26.1 as of this morning. I still don’t think it’s fair that I’m lumped in with 15 year old girls at 29! 

Your numbers

Obesity Index

26bmi 
National

Above average
You have a higher BMI than63% of females aged 15-29in your country
 
Global

Above average

You have a higher BMI than82% of females aged 15-29in the world

Did you know?

If everyone in the world had the same BMI as you, it would add 28,265,950 tonnes to the total weight of the world’s population 

Post # 117
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Bumble bee

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@SpecialSundae:  …still..I feel like its the wrong number for me…even though I am slightly overweight 🙁

Post # 118
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

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@braverbeating:  I know, but you’re definitely not obese. 

Post # 119
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Bee Keeper

I’m sure BMI is accurate for SOME people (otherwise I’m sure they would have retired it for absolute lack of utility) but for many it is biased.

I am not a child or a bodybuilder, I am just tall and “lanky.” It tells me I’m underweight when I’m still a healthy weight (or, I should say, it ‘told’ me… right now even my BMI says “normal”). But my bones are long and narrow, I think this is why. 

I assume the opposite is true for people who have wider than average bone structure (who will prob tend to be shorter than me, though not always). People with wide shoulders, rib cages and so forth. This width is caused by skeletal structure. I bet their bones actually weigh more. Otherwise, I can’t for the life of me understand how a normal looking bee (didn’t look like a bodybuilder either) could get a BMI result of “obese.”

On top of that, I think a lot of brides here are in their late 20s, and the BBC calculator is going to estimate people of that to be “heavier” than they are, since they will be in the top end of the 15-29 y. o. range. It would be most unbiased around the middle of the range… for ppl around 19-21 (our youngest brides on here). And again for the 30-44 y. o. next range, it’s going to be biased for ppl who are outside of the middle of that range, or who are not 36-38. Because I’m at the beginning of this age category and my BMI is already slightly off, it basically told me that I’m scarily underweight. But if you saw me now and I told you I hoped to lose ten pounds, alarm bells would not go off in your head re: a distorted body image or eating disorder. I’m not only not scarily underweight right now, I’m not underweight at all. The BBC results were BS for me.

Post # 120
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@MissFemmeFatale:  Amen sister! I’m sick to death of the thin bashing, like why is it ok to tell me I look starved and I need to eat a burger, but if I said you look overweight and you need to eat more salad people would freak out?! It’s just as insulting! 

 

Im most like someone Vietnam btw

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