What do you think is the ideal BMI for each frame?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
3251 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

 under 18.5 is considered very underweight and possibly malnourished. 18.5 to 24.9 is within a healthy weight range for young and middle-aged adults, however, between 25.0 and 29.9 is classed as overweight and over 30 is considered obese.


you are healthy 

Post # 3
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2026

I am 5’5″ and 115lbs, which is 19.1 BMI. I am happy where I am, but I could use some more muscle so may do some weight training with my hubby once we figure out our living situation. Good luck getting to your ideal weight! 

Post # 4
227 posts
Helper bee

Since muscle weighs more than fat, I don’t go by BMI when determining how fit I am or setting goals for myself. Body fat percentage is a much better indicator. I’m 5’2” and fluctuate between 115-120 and I’ve got a lot of muscle and am healthier and look better than when I was 107-112.

Post # 5
2417 posts
Buzzing bee

My BMI is usually 18-20.

I’m 5’2 and 105 – 110 lbs.

I definitely do NOT guage how happy I am with my body by my weight.

I work out, so I guage how happy I am with my body by how strong I feel, how much muscle I can put on where I want to put on muscle, how balanced I can get everything, how much I can improve my posture here and there, how much better I can eat, etc.

I have cellulite on my “under-butt,” and a few dimples on my butt, and I don’t think those things are ever going to go away. And somewhere around my mid-20’s I realized I needed to stop jeopardizing all other elements of my body/healthy in an attempt to get rid of a little bit of cellulite.

Now I focus on the positives and rarely ever weigh myself – I know my weight from a lot of recent doctor’s visits. 

Post # 6
628 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I’m 5’2 and was kinda chubbier in high school so I’ve been anywhere from 140 pounds to 97 pounds in my adult life. Usually now I hover from 105-110.

I think magazines and stuff give us an unhealthy idea of what we should look like. I went to Turkey in 2012 and basically ate only figs and fish cause it was so hot and I have a food allergy. I got on a scale when I got home and it said 97 pounds. I was sooooo thin when I came home, but when I look at pictures I’m like daaaaaamn I looked really good in a bikini. But I don’t think that was healthy! Is think my face looked drawn.

im small framed too and I think building muscle is something I really want to do. That way I can be healthy while still being trim and not be too gaunt/skinny. Hahahaha while I’m writing this I’m drinking a smoothie and lying on my couch so I guess I’m not working too hard towards this goal 😉

Post # 7
527 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

BMI is a horrendous way to indicate healthy weight range as it doesn’t take so many factors into consideration such as muscle mass or bone density.

According to BMI my partner who is 6ft and very musclar is and has hardly a scrap of fat on him is overweight.

Use body fat percentage or just your scale number and the mirror, and forget about BMI.

Post # 8
9989 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

BMI is a crappy, worthless measurement for the most part.

Im 5′ 0″ and my goal weight is somewhere between 115 and 120 which is about where I was in high school. But I’ve recently lost 25 lbs and am actually really happy even to be at 165. For me, I just want to be at a healthy weight but I’m pretty happy with how I look even now at a much heavier weight.

Post # 9
4242 posts
Honey bee

I don’t put a lot of stock in BMI, honestly. I’m short but muscular and I have a wider rib cage, which means even at my slimmest I will be close to being “overweight”. I actually switched doctors once because he told me I needed to lose weight and was too big based only on my BMI. I just couldn’t take him seriously. 

Post # 10
1190 posts
Bumble bee

It’s better to go off body fat percentage, depending on your goal. I look better at a higher weight and lower body fat percentage because I’m more toned and firm (ie. more muscle mass which be is heavier than fat). That’s when I’m jogging twice a week and doing some squats compared to doing nothing hehe xo

Post # 11
1027 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

for me at 5’1”, 120 -125 pounds. I ran western states 100 at 123 pounds and felt amazing! Everybody is different. Most 100 mile runs I did I was about 120-125.

Post # 12
6839 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

To give an idea of how “off” BMI can sometimes be, my child’s pediatrician came into the examination room looking at a chart and talking about a “healthy weight”. She looked up from the chart at my child, looked at her chart again and once more at my child. Then she said, “Well, BMI isn’t always accurate…” My son weighs far more than he looks, the bones in his shoulders and ribs often show, and he carries very little fat. Not even a doctor could look at him and deem him in any way “overweight”, but the BMI chart does. As PPs have mentioned, the same often applies to muscular individuals, athletes and various other types of people. 

If the BMI chart works well for your body type, then by all means go with what you are comfortable with. But I generally find that numbers don’t tell the whole story, and I don’t like to tie my health or body satisfaction to a number on a scale or a chart.

Post # 13
1308 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Iʻm 5ʻ0 and have spent the past year getting up to 98lbs after a toxic marriage through a stressful divorce where i got dangerously severely underweight. I dont follow BMIʻs, i follow how i feel in my clothes and what i look like in the mirror. and I am SO SO SO thrilled with how far Iʻve come so yes I can genuinely say Iʻm happy with my body 🙂

Post # 14
1066 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’m 5’3 150. And I’m healthy as can be. No one describes me as over weight to the best of my knowledge. I haven’t weighed 111 in 18 years. I haven’t got under 135 in probably 10 years. Some adults may be healthy at 5’3 and 110 but I’d say most adults would be underweight at that height and weight. Especially child bearing adults. This is me at 119 lbs. And I was starving and unhealthy. Can you imagine 9 lbs lighter? The BMI chart is very very flawed. 

Post # 15
237 posts
Helper bee

I’m 5 ft 4 and petite. I definitely feel like at 112-114 I have some extra weight in some areas. FWIW I don’t workout and eat poorly for the most part. If I worked out and watched what I was eating I think my body would look more fit and I would be easily 105-107. My usual weight from high school to early college was 100-105 and this was with regular exercise and better diet. I also looked pretty toned at this weight so this is my goal weight for now. But it all depends on your body type! I know girls my weight and height and they look very toned where I look sort of soft lol. Not much to complain about though I feel pretty lucky to be at the weight I am!

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