(Closed) What's your BMI? Does it reflect your appearance/fitness? Body dysmorphia?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I love this thread. You all sound so (hot and) normal. Super hot pics too! 

My BMI is 23-23.5 currently. It was 18 for years. I was happy when it was 20. I’m very unhappy at 23, but I’m also currently unhealthy and I don’t work out. I want to and I try to but I’m in a lot of pain in my legs at the moment. I’m going to start swimming and cut down my fats. I recently stopped drinking alcohol so I’m hoping that will help.

Our bodies are all so different though!

Post # 32
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I can relate. I think I might have mild/subsyndromal BDD. When my BMI was only 19 (I whittled my weight down from its default of 115 to 98 pounds) from was juicing, abstaining from starch and fatty meats, and exercising daily, I still had these massive pendulous breasts and a rounded tummy. It was like, why was I even bothering to this degree if I was still going to look like a sad sack? Might as well eat more moderately (same degree of activity) and actually enjoy my life. 

I’m pregnant now, so I’m ignoring BMI for a little while and just focusing on growng a healthy baby. 

 

 

 

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

It’s totally off.  My BMI is a 24 which is at the very top of a healthy weight but I am GROSSLY flabby and have almost no muscle tone.  I had severe morning sickness with second child which prevented me from getting up and grabbing quick crap food.  Then I ended up with diastasis recti so my belly looks pregnant 24/7.  I need to get back to the gym but blah blah blah (insert all my excuses here).  

Honestly i feel my BMI should be MUCH higher.  I’m a small size 12/large 10 in dresses but I’m not healthy at all.  I ignore my BMI and focus on how I feel.

(I’m 5’8″ and 160lbs)

 

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

It’s different for everyone, and depends on muscle composition, where you store fat etc. Several people with the same BMI will all look different. My Darling Husband has never really been even in the overweight range based on BMI but he prefers to be on the lower end of BMI because his weight only goes to his belly and chest and needs to be quite slim to lose it.

Post # 36
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Helper bee

I’m 19.8 BMI (5’11” and 142 lbs). I’ve lost 50 lbs, but still look pregnant. I was down to 135 lbs, and still had the same problem. Then I saw at least 10 lbs of fat that had to go to get flat abs. My target weight is 123 lbs. I think that’s what it will take to get a flat stomach. If I get below 140 lbs, I get visible hip bones, and leg definition at 135, but my stomach still refuses to cooperate. I’m not going for the trendy thigh gap, just vertical ab definition, and no six pack.

I eat a Weston Price diet, so don’t have any health worries. I put on 7 lbs when I started baking bread and cake.

I started tracking BMI when I decided I wanted the equivalent thinness of 5’4″ and 110 lbs. This is a really svelte look, but the more important issues to me are what looks good and a good diet.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by  southerncharm.
Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I really am against BMI is a true indicator of health, at least for myself. For years, I was 5’2 (I had one last growth spurt in college), and 150lbs, which is about a BMI of 27. I was a size 6. I just have large thighs and lots of muscle, but doctors would consistently tell me to lose 20-30 pounds, which was IMPOSSIBLE. I was in competitive cheer, ballet, track, and I ate very healthy. I wasn’t losing anything, but that didnt stop them from considering me fat. Flash forward to now, I am 5’4″ and 170, BMI of about 29, and I need to lose a few pounds admittedly. But, I’m a size 8/10, I run half marathons, I still dance en pointe, I walk everywhere. I am still healthy. So its strange for doctors to tell me that I am “obese”. I certainly don’t look or feel it

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

southerncharm:  you need to be careful you’re not developing body dysmorphia. You sound like you have a beautiful figure! 123lbs at 5’11” would give you a BMI of 17.2. Some women are naturally very slim, but it isn’t healthy to actively try to be underweight. If your aim is for a flatter, tighter stomach then you need to tone up with exercise, not weight loss.

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Trevor.Philips:  skinny fat over here too!!! People think I’m so thin and are shocked when I tell them I have 28% body fat! Your post is literally me hahah

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

soymilk:  ya I could see that being hard. I’m 5’7 and weigh 118 and people are always making  comments like that even though I’m not super healthy with a high body fat 

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My BMI is 22 (within the healthy range), but I have gained weight recently (about 15lbs) and feel fat now. I go by how i look in the mirror, Not by the number on the scale or BMI, etc. I’m in the process of trying to get back into shape right now and will not step on a scale the whole time. I can already see (very small) changes after 2 weeks of eating right and working out half an hour daily and will just continue this. 

Post # 42
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

blahblahgirl:  Yeah. For the most part, I love wearing lots of layers so my day to day outfits don’t really make people say a lot. I think the BMI for me at least is accurate. I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt me to gain more weight and I definetely don’t try to prevent it. However, I also don’t think I’m a health risk by any means for the weight I am and height. So I guess it’s just finding that balance and feeling comfortable.

Post # 43
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

My BMI is 26 and I can kind of see my abs. I did a body fat test, If my BMI were 19 I would have exactly 0 pounds of fat on my body. That said, I lift weights a lot, I can do pullups and deadlift 225. Frame size and muscle mass has a LOT to do with  how you look at a certain weight. 

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

My BMI is 32. Seems accurate for me, but then my FI’s BMI says he’s overweight, bordering on obese… which is SO NOT TRUE. Muscle throws this measurement way off.

Post # 45
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

jillybaby:  My teeters on the line at the top of the healthy range…sometimes just over and sometimes just under.

I’d say that feels about right in terms of my appearance.  I am not unhealthily overweight, and I look pretty normal, but I’ve got a little extra pudge that I’m always trying to get rid of.  I’m not the type who’s psyched to put on a bikini or show my tummy, but I’m not plus sized.

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