Post # 1
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and I apologize for that. Our wedding came and went, it was glorious, and now we’re back to reality.
I have a quick question, and if you Bees who are pros in medicine or nutrition could help me out, that would be awesome. I’m also happy to hear responses from Bees with similar experiences.
My husband and I recently got a Wii Fit, which I’ve been using regularly. However, my “body test” results list my BMI right between overweight and obese. I’m 5’10’, and I weigh about 205 pounds. But here’s the thing: I’m not plus-size. A lot of the time, I’m not even “large”. I went to the Gap the other day and bought a bunch of sweaters in medium. At H&M, I’m either a 10 or a 12. I’ve never needed to shop at Lane Bryant, or any places like it. (Not that there’s anything wrong with Lane Bryant – I’m just using it to illustrate my point.)
My husband says that my BMI is misleading because I’m full of muscle. I am muscular, yes, but is it normal to weigh SO MUCH and not be physically larger? I don’t pump iron or do any exercise targeted at muscle-building, per se. I’m more of a cardio and yoga sort of girl.
I guess what I’m asking is, should my weight be a concern right now, or should I chalk it up to being full of lean, compact muscle?
Help me resolve this in my poor, tired mind!
Post # 3
By the way, I posted this in Beehive by mistake, so I copied that post and put it on the Fitness board – figured it was more relevant!
Post # 4
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
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
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 🙂
I would probably try to find one of those online BMI calculators or go to your doctor for a more accurate reading!
Post # 7
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. 🙂 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Post # 14
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 🙂
Post # 15
Thank you thank you thank you.
I think I knew, deep down, that the BMI thing was not an accurate indicator of my health, but watching the Wii Fit turn my Mii into a pudgy, muffin-topped abomination over and over obviously got to me.
My husband has an interesting theory: He thinks that, since Nintendo is a Japanese company, the Wii Fit was designed with Japanese people in mind, meaning that it bases its standards of fitness on people who tend to have much smaller bone structures and a tendency to be less “bulky” overall. I’m part Celtic, part French, and part Viking, so my bone structure is huge. Plus, I’m tall, and I’ve never been skinny, even at my fittest.
I recently had some blood tests done, and I’m happy to say that my cholesterol is fine, and my blood pressure is spot on. One thing I should check is body fat percentage.
Thanks, Bees. I feel better. 🙂
Post # 16
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.