Post # 1
Ok so this is kind of wedding related because I want to get in shape for my wedding next year.
I have recently gained a bit of weight (10 lbs) :(. But as I’ve only recently figured out, my BMI is only 22, well within the healthy range. I had never checked it before. The thing is that I genuinely feel like I am really flabby and fat, for my size. But I’m also conflicted – as in, should I feel like this, having such a normal BMI??
I understand that the BMI is a just a range, an approximation of what is healthy for people with different body types, so I’m wondering if maybe it is possible that some people are “overweight” for their body type, and yet have a normal BMI? But I do have a past of body dismorphia, so I am cautious of falling into those old habits…
So my question is: what is your BMI and do you think it “makes sense” given your appearance and fitness?
(ETA: I am 5’3″ and 127 lbs, used to be about 116. And I exercise pretty regularly: walking 1+ hr most days + both gym and volleyball once each week.
This topic was modified 4 years, 6 months ago by jillybaby.
Post # 2
I’m 158cm and around 60kgs, which puts me at boarderline overweight (BMI ~ 24). I feel kind of fat and unfit, ideally I’d like to lose 10kgs (20lbs I think?). I think that BMI is a pretty good indictator of health related to weight for the average person, but it doesn’t take into account fitness and muscle vs. fat, etc.
Post # 3
I think that BMI is not 100% accurate, but from what you describe you sound like a beautiful and healthy woman 🙂 My BMI is around 24 at the moment, up from my 22 (about 10 years ago when I was 20), I felt beutiful then, and I feel beautiful now. I am a bit more curvy around the hips now and that is reflected in the BMI. Hope that’s helpful to you.
Post # 4
I use to be underweight at a BMI 16… just how im built and my diet because I eat constantly but I started gaining weight from eatting more unhealthly (lots of take aways) my BMI is 18.2 this is still classed ‘underweight’ but im a size 10-12
you can’t really judge on weight alone, my weight hasnt changed over the last month but ive had an increase in cellulite and its worse some days than others… im guessing water retention and some days I bloat but other days have a flat stomach, its annoying but its just how the body acts
Post # 5
I dont know how accurate it is and that is why I go by what I see in the mirror (no weighing myself, no bmi…etc).
I think the last time I checked, mine was like 25 but I look very fit, am stick thin and barely have any fat (besides my boobs and a little bit on my ass) and I have been trying to GAIN weight in like, forever. And, I am healthy as a horse.
So no, I don’t trust these ‘tools’.
Post # 6
Oh, by the way, I am a size four (or 6 depending on the store).
Post # 7
Excerpt from an article found in Time magazine:
“For years, scientists have said that BMI can’t distinguish between fat and muscle, which tends to be heavier and can tip more toned individuals into overweight status, even if their fat levels are low. In the journal Science, the latest data from University of Pennsylvania shows that BMI also doesn’t tease apart different types of fat, each of which can have different metabolic effects on health. BMI cannot take into consideration, for example, where the body holds fat. Belly fat, which is known as visceral fat, is more harmful than fat that simply sitting under the skin. Visceral fat develops deep among muscles and around organs like the liver and by releasing certain hormones and other agents, it disrupts the body’s ability to balance its energy needs. Even relatively thin people can have high levels of visceral fat, which means they might be considered healthy by BMI standards, but internally they may actually be at higher risk of developing health problems related to weigh gain.”
and here is some info on BMI from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull
At the moment, it’s 27. I prefer to be around 22, but I’ve put a bit of weight on lately, which I’m trying to shift.
However, my tummy is just as flabby at 11 stone as it is at 13 stone. Well, I mean it isn’t but it’s not like losing weight magically gives you a six pack.
I think BMI is a load of old hooey, personally. I know I need to lose weight because I feel bad. I feel sluggish and unfit, and I’m not liking photos of myself. That’s the only bar by which I measure my weight!
Post # 9
I HATE BMI!!! My BMI is 29.8 which is bordering on the obesity range….but I am a size 12 and carry my weight mostly in my legs, but even they aren’t massive I don’t think. I just am heavy IDK. I also work out every day. But being labeled as obese is extremely frustrating for me and I think BMI is the worst thing to ever be implemented. For reference here is a pic of me trying on dresses (I know I’m not skinny but I’m not obese!) I also have body dysmorphia and when my work makes us do health screenings the BMI sends me into panics and brings up my past with eating disorders etc 🙁
Post # 10
I have been preaching this forever…with my HIGH bmi, this is me. MOST people will consider me ‘thin’ and my body fat is fairly low…I tell women all the time, forget all these numbers. And I appear even thinner in person and I damn near have an almost 6 pack (although you cant really tell by this picture). Sorry for the large image.
Post # 11
I really empathise with this – my BMI is 20.8 at the moment (137lbs at 5’8) but has been higher lately, up to about 21.5. I feel my happier weight is about BMI 19.5-20 but it actually might just be body compsition that’s bothering me – when I’ve been working out a lot I’ve felt my body looked as good at 137lbs as it does at 130. I’m making an effort at the moment to tone up and lose fat rather than weight per se.
There is probably an element of own worst critic as if you saw someone with the same stats and body type, chances are you would not think they were fat. It’s hard not to fixate when it’s yourself, though.
Post # 12
I don’t like BMI at all since I’m fairly muscular. My BMI is 25, which is in danger of being overweight/overweight and am a fit size 4 (at least I think I’m fit!). I think BMI only really works when people are looking for an idea of whether they’re in a healthy range or not. It says nothing about your fitness and little about your health unless you’re very overweight. I want to lose a few pounds of body fat, but most people around me consider me thin already. I have definitely had body dysmorphia over this since many girls my size are 15+ pounds less. Guess my bones/muscles are just heavier 😉
I’m 5’5″ and 152 here:
Post # 13
My BMI is 21.5. Everyone thinks I’m thin because I look that way in clothes, but I never exercise and eat junk food all the time so I’m squishy all over. I’m skinny-fat and take BMI with a grain of salt.
Post # 14
acsweetpea: You do not look obese at all!!! I honestly wouldn’t even think you were a 12. I really hate BMI.
Post # 15
I guess I’m one of the few people that feels like my BMI accurately reflects my appearance and fitness level. I’m relatively active and workout 3-4x/week. I’m 5’3, currently 116 lbs, and have a petite frame. My BMI is 20.5. It’s usually around 19.5, but I’m currently pregnant (14 weeks).
I do think a fuller picture is needed to determine health and body composition – i.e. body measurements, fat composition, weight, etc. Going solely by BMI won’t give you an accurate read.