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currently i am 5'6'' tall and 115 pounds. my dietician says i need to weigh 118-130 lbs, so my question is, what do people around 5'6'' usually weigh? is this a normal weight range because it seems high to me. i feel like i could just stay at 115 and be fine.

but then again, i used to weigh 85 lbs so it's obvious i have a very distorted image of myself...any input?

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The normal healthy weight range for someone 5'6" is from about 126 - 154lbs. 

im 137, or in modern metric terms 62kg and a gud 169cm!

 

WOW that is suprising

maybe i am more distorted than i thought

Original Post by crazy247:

WOW that is suprising

maybe i am more distorted than i thought

None of the weight ranges mentioned by gi-jane or fidget are overweight.

Remember that lots of people are healthy above a BMI of 25: larger bones, more muscle mass etc. But very few people are healthy under a BMI of 20; people who descend from certain Asian ethnicities are usually the exceptions.

This is a healthy weight management site, so it's important that you are in recovery to be posting. I see on your profile that you are trying to gain weight, which is good (although your goal weights are still too low). However, I think it's very unhelpful to both yourself and maybe others to have a skeleton as your avatar. It kind of gives the impression you are not really in recovery - I would suggest you change it to something more positive.

the others have given great advice , the weight you have been given is the lowest healthy range and is not to high at all i hope you can deal with this i think you are right your view is very disorted .

i wasnt saying i thought those weights were overweight...i was just thinking i needed to be taller to be those weights. right now i am at 118, i think they want me to be 120ish. which i have told my treatment team over and over again that if they make me gain that much i'm probably just going to lose weight when i leave, and i know that is a horrible way of thinking so i am going to try to work towards trusting the process... 

ive heard the thing about the skeleton, i looked at it as someone at their lowest point asking for help in recovery, but i see how that could look bad, so i changed it. thanks for the advice (:

Thanks for changing your avatar. Smile

I think your team is probably right.  But, it depends on your body frame.  For example, I'm the same height as you and have a small frame/bones, so my ideal weight range is 120-133.  For someone with a medium or large build it would be higher. I know a lot of people focus on BMI but I "buy" these charts more than I do BMI b/c it takes into account your body frame. 

http://betheweightyouwant.com/charts/

Original Post by ksrunner:

 I'm the same height as you and have a small frame/bones,........

 The OP is clearly in recovery from a serious eating disorder.  People in recovery need a BMI of 20 minimum for lots of really good reasons.  Her team, knowing her current anxiety about gaining weight, are leading her up to a healthy weight gently, in stages, rather than spooking her with big targets straight off the bat.  It's not helping her to say 'it depends on body-frame' or rubbish the BMI charts....  She needs to be heavier to be healthy.

I second gi-gane.

So you can read her dietitian's mind?  And you know better than her dietitian? It's also just as unhelpful to tell her that she needs to weigh more than what her treatment team is saying. And btw, a bmi of 20 would be 125, which is the midpoint of the weight range both I and her I stated.   

Original Post by ksrunner:

And btw, a bmi of 20 would be 125, which is the midpoint of the weight range both I and her I stated.   

And that's where you're wrong. It's generally recommended that people recovering from eating disorders attain a minimum BMI of 20, to provide a small buffer against relapse before the patient becomes critically underweight again. So a BMI of 20 should be the bare minimum, not the midpoint.

There are many people who are healthy at a BMI of over 25 (higher muscle mass) but very few who are healthy under a BMI of 20. Given the serious medical conditions faced by people with EDs, it is much wiser to err on the side of caution rather than encourage her to maintain a low weight which puts her at much greater medical risk if she would happen to relapse.

Original Post by ksrunner:

It's also just as unhelpful to tell her that she needs to weigh more than what her treatment team is saying.

 I didn't say she needed to weigh more... I gave her the ranges of a normal healthy weight, which was what the OP originally asked.  I stated that most people in recovery are asked to get to a BMI of 20 minimum... which is inside the 118-130 range given.

I would say that when she gets to 118 and they're happy that she's not trying to lose weight any more then they'll talk about the next step and lead her through it.  And that's not because I can read minds, it's just because I'm familiar with the process......

Are you in a day program or something? I think regardless you need to share these feelings about when you leave loosing the weight so that you can work on ways to NOT. This is very key so that you can establish a plan. You can't control your body to recover. I have mentioned this a few times and this is very hard I know but a nutritionist in the past said even if you control your body by 5 pounds you may not get your period,may have to restrict calories,other issues like osteo,and mentally your mind remains trapped. Have you been working on why you have your ed? I encourage you to really follow the plan. You have come a far way and do you really want to go back to that way of living? I know when things get hard for myself I tend to glorify the ed. This is a very hard adjustment but hopefully in time it will become easier.

When I was 5'6" 137 was a good weight for me because that was where my period was normal and regular, I slept the best, and was in the best physical shape. I'd say at 5'6" you should be at least 130.

yes, i am in a day program from 12-8pm...i guess it's just really tough to trust my nutritionist because she is nearly obese. and that's not my ED mind, she will even admit she is..and that doesn't make her a bad person, that's not what i am trying to say, it's just she's in charge of my health and yet she doesn't take care of herself?!

i know it's wrong to try and control my weight while i am in recovery, really wrong, and i have talked with them numerous times about this but i dunno, i can't handle going above 115 for some reason and i am already 118 and then they make me drink weight gain shakes and i just want to cry. it sounds soo stupid i know, and it's not my thinking it's my eating disorder talking...i guess deep down i am just hoping i can just get out of this center and lose weight again to what i want to weigh. because at 115 i felt better than ever, and i dont see why we have to keep pushing my weight. ahh so frusterating, mostly with myself.

Original Post by crazy247:

yes, i am in a day program from 12-8pm...i guess it's just really tough to trust my nutritionist because she is nearly obese. and that's not my ED mind, she will even admit she is..and that doesn't make her a bad person, that's not what i am trying to say, it's just she's in charge of my health and yet she doesn't take care of herself?!

i know it's wrong to try and control my weight while i am in recovery, really wrong, and i have talked with them numerous times about this but i dunno, i can't handle going above 115 for some reason and i am already 118 and then they make me drink weight gain shakes and i just want to cry. it sounds soo stupid i know, and it's not my thinking it's my eating disorder talking...i guess deep down i am just hoping i can just get out of this center and lose weight again to what i want to weigh. because at 115 i felt better than ever, and i dont see why we have to keep pushing my weight. ahh so frusterating, mostly with myself.

 this is where you have to fight back at the disorder , you ve come so far , and your right it is the eating disorder she will convince you you need to be less but does it end there? a pound or to leads to a stone and before you know it your back where you ve started . you can do this think of all the positives how much better you feel and your bmi is still at the low end of the healthy weight . being that bit lighter wont make you any happier , dont let this let you slip back . well done again in your progress . i know what you mean though my dietician is big and she admits herself her diet is terrible . plus my consultant is always harping on about good health weight and lifestyle and he smokes like a chimney :)

I bet that your nutritionist's health is probably pretty good and that she doesn't have the same plaguing food thoughts that make her anxious and lower her life span....

So listen to her. These tendencies will hold you back and may some day set that scale plummeting until there's nothing of you left.

Hey, hang in there :)

Just some perspective...I'm 5'6" and I weigh around 135lbs. Check out my pictures - I'm not trying to be vain but I think I look very fit and healthy in my pics. 

I think it's very important for you to hit a BMI of at least 20, so about 125lbs. You will look fantastic, I promise! Anyone who is 5'6" and weighs 125lbs has a very slim body. Just be careful not to get too caught up in the numbers. Listen to your nutritionist and those who love you - they want you to be healthy and will be honest with you about how you look. 

Good luck, and don't give up!!!

Side note: I have a small/medium frame. And I weigh above that website's recommended range for small frames. What does that mean? Those suggestions are BS haha. 

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