(Closed) Question about Weight vs. Size

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Did you results come from the Wii Fit as well? Because I have heard that the Wii Fit goes strictly by the numbers on the height/weight ratio, and doesn’t particularly take into account if the weight is muscle. If you are concerned or intrigued, I’d suggest having a professional properly do a “test” (for lack of a better word) and answer your questions.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

BMI isn’t an exact science. Growing up my father ran marathon and participated in triathalons. He had 6% body fat but was considered obese according the the BMI scale. Don’t focus on your weight.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m just going to put it out there that the wii fit thing is awful!  I like the excersies but couldn’t seem to get the sensors to be happy about it.  I’m 5’3″ and like 110 and it said I was overweight – uh I’m a size 2, I think I’m probably okay ๐Ÿ™‚

I would probably try to find one of those online BMI calculators or go to your doctor for a more accurate reading!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m not a doctor or nutritionist, but I agree.  BMI is misleading and I think, more accurate, a body fat analysis is the way to go.  I am 5’7″ and, at my smallest, was about 150 lbs.  I looked sickly at that weight, and would prefer about 160.  If you calculate that with a standard BMI calculator I would be “obese” or I think hedging on morbidly obese, but my doctors wouldn’t agree.  Blood tests are probably the best way to determine your health and a handful of other genetic factors end up determining your weight and fat distribution, anyhow. ๐Ÿ™‚  So just chiming in!  I’ll never be a size 3, because my hip bones are at a size 8!  And that’s just the circumference of my BONES, not any fat layer or muscle. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Honestly I think the BMI is a crock. because of that actual reason muscle or in my case boobs. I wear a 0-4 and accoring to BMI i am almost “over weight”

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

You can’t figure out BMI from just your height and weight alone (although these are usually  sufficient ballparks)–you literally have to get your body composition tested. You can do this with a doctor, some nutritionists, and at some gyms or with trainers. That’s going to give you the official answer.

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I’ve heard that BMI is not a true and accurate representation of one’s physical health because it uses averages, and it seems, based on your height/weight, you are far from the average female height/weight.

At the same time, I wouldn’t use your dress size or weight as as your basis for physical health either. The best way to gauge your physical fitness is to peform a body fat/cholesterol/blood pressure test. If you are good on all accounts, then you can use your dress size and weight as reference basis for the others.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think the Wii Fit body measure, defining what is “overweight” is messed up.
My husband is 6’3″, lean and muscular and Wii Fit calls him “overweight” because he is over the “weight bracket” for average.
I wouldn’t worry about it.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m anti-BMI scale too.  I have a friend who is in the army, 6’6″ tall – 297 lbs, probably 6-7% body fat AT THE MOST.  Guess what, he is WELL into the obese catagory.

It doesn’t take muscle into account at all.  I’m pretty muscular as well.  My size is the same as others who way much less than I do.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

A different tool that has shown to be success is to use your waist measurement to determine if you are in the “healthy” or “unhealthy” range.  Women should have a waist measurement less than 35″.  I believe there were some studies that showed this to be more accurate than BMI alone due to the limitations of BMI.

 

To correctly measure your waist, stand and place a tape measure around your middle, just above your hipbones. Measure your waist just after you breathe out.

 

http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/

 

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/risk.htm#limitations

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

in my opinion bmi is not accurate, for the army i was always considered “overweight” despiute being a very fit and muscular size 7/9 (i am now closer to a 14/16 :().  imo 7/9 or even 10, 12, 14 is not over weight or obese. anyways, if youre really interested in finding out exactly how fit you are, i recommend a body composition test ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

 

BMI is a terrible indicator of body health. It is simply weight divided by height. The weight portion is total body weight. That includes lean muscle mass, fat mass, water content, hair, clothing, etc. A body builder would typically fall into the same category as you because of their higher lean muscle mass. Now if you were wanting to be more specific, you could do a waist circumference. This is taken at the skinniest portion of your waist. Usually about 1 inch above your belly button. You can also take a hip circumference, taken at the widest part of you hips. Take the ratio of these two and if it is higher than 1.00 than you should be more concerned. Meaning that your abdominal area carries a higher fat content, leading to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, etc. Long story short…. BMI sucks…haha.

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