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BMI 31.9 is that obese??


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according to cc ,it is moderately overweight. I am 180 and 5'3".
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Obese is a medical term to denote weight over BMI 30.

Did you check the weight chart for CC?  When I was 190 lbs (I'm 5'6") that was obese.  (I hate that word).  When I lost 5 lbs I was then merely "moderately overweight".  I'm now at 165.8 and am "comfortably" moderately overweight.  I need to check to see how much more I have to lose just to be plain old overweight!  Good luck to you.

In all honesty, I loathe BMI.

I'm medium-boned, very musclular, and also very short. I currently have a BMI of 33.4, which classifies me as severly overweight (from the CC BMI calculator). However, I look no where near severely overweight. I still have a shape!

My goal weight is 135, and even then, I'll still be classified as slightly overweight.

I'm going by how I feel and look, not what some stupid calculated number tells me.

 

I feel bad, ladies. I just searched online and they say if you have a BMI more than 30 then you are obese.

I had a great convo with my personal trainer about this ... he told me that according to his BMI he is considered moderately obese - and given that he has very little body fat, there is absolutely no way that this can hold true.  He told me that BMI doesn't take into account muscle mass or bone density - both which will impact on your weight.  His suggestion is to use it as a guide but to not get wrapped up in what it says .... in the end lean body mass and % body fat (and of course your own perception of where you are at) is really what matters.

On a side note, I recall as a kid looking at a medical book that my mom had - it had height and weight charts in it ... for my height at the time (I was a tall girl) of 5'6" I was supposed to weigh roughly 120 pounds .... I'm sure at my current height of 5'9" the recommended weight would be 140 ... not very realistic in this age .....  my point ... recommendations are just that - recommendations.  You need to forget the number and the words used to describe the numbers  and work towards the body that you want ... good luck!!!!!Smile 

 

 

"I'm not fat, i'm big boned!"

According to CC i should weigh somewhere around 155. I'm 5'8...There's just no way i'll get that far down. I'll just see where i get and how good i feel inside and out. If i go through life 1 point over the 'allowed' BMI, so be it!

 BMI > 30 and you're technically obese.  It's just a word and a starting point.... no need to feel bad or embarrassed about it.  You're doing something positive to address the problem so feel good about that instead. 

"Things can only get better"

BMI is used for sedentary people, so yes athletes and trainers probably don't get accurate results, since it was never meant for them in the first place. Plus each category is an entire range of weight. Normal for me (5'9) is between 120 and 170 pounds, plenty of room for variation.


Sorry, but 180 is obese for someone that is only 5'3''. I am only 165. Your weight is something that needs to be addressed. The good news is that i was once in the obese category too, so it can be done.

thanks , mistere29. I know I am obese. I was 140 a year ago but that is ok. I agree that my weight is something has to be addressed.

I'm 5'1.5" and currently around 168 and I'm classified as obese. I started around 175 and was shocked to find out I was obese. I knew I was overweight, but I thought of obese as bigger than me... like needing plus sized women's clothing. I also see people much bigger than me each day, so I figured they were obese, I was just overweight. If I get down to about 161 I'll be out of the obese range, but I think my goal of 135 still won't get me down to the "normal" range but I haven't been any lighter than that in my adult years and I was in great shape the last time I was around that weight.

BMI is a horrible, arbitrary method of measuring where you stand.


Many body builders are considered morbidly obese based on BMI, even though they only have 4-7% bodyfat.... That's how heavily inaccurate it can be.


Look in the mirror. Do you look overweight? Then you need to lose weight. It's that simple.

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I'm not specially muscular (good legs though!) and BMI is about right for me. When i went under 25 was also the moment when i could not really call myself fat anymore. I'm always surprised that so many people on the forums have a musculature that skew the scale for them, because in real life i find that very muscular people are really not the norm.

I have a friend that doesn't look like she's obese, but her BMI says so, and so does her doctor. Maybe they're both wrong though!
Original Post by clusterz:

I'm not specially muscular (good legs though!) and BMI is about right for me. When i went under 25 was also the moment when i could not really call myself fat anymore. I'm always surprised that so many people on the forums have a musculature that skew the scale for them, because in real life i find that very muscular people are really not the norm.

I have a friend that doesn't look like she's obese, but her BMI says so, and so does her doctor. Maybe they're both wrong though!

Same thing for me. When my BMI was in the high category, so was my body fat and waist to hip ratio. When my BMI went into the normal range, so did everything else. It's much more accurate then people will admit, we are not all body builders after all.

Original Post by eerominn:

I'm 5'1.5" and currently around 168 and I'm classified as obese. I started around 175 and was shocked to find out I was obese. I knew I was overweight, but I thought of obese as bigger than me... like needing plus sized women's clothing. I also see people much bigger than me each day, so I figured they were obese, I was just overweight. If I get down to about 161 I'll be out of the obese range, but I think my goal of 135 still won't get me down to the "normal" range but I haven't been any lighter than that in my adult years and I was in great shape the last time I was around that weight.

135 would be in the normal range for someone 5'2 but just slightly in the overweight range for someone that is 5'1.  You are halfway between. 135 is a good goal for you. It helps to play around with the numbers and get a feel for how the scale works.

Original Post by mistere29:

BMI is used for sedentary people, so yes athletes and trainers probably don't get accurate results, since it was never meant for them in the first place. Plus each category is an entire range of weight. Normal for me (5'9) is between 120 and 170 pounds, plenty of room for variation.


Sorry, but 180 is obese for someone that is only 5'3''. I am only 165. Your weight is something that needs to be addressed. The good news is that i was once in the obese category too, so it can be done.

 Geez, be a little more nasty there why don't you? By the way, I see that you have NO room to talk honey, "only 165" at 5'3". Sorry if you feel insecure and need to insult others to feel good about yourself. You need to lose weight too, most of us are aiming to either lose weight or gain muscle.

 I think that was really uncalled for. BTW, I was once 170 at 5'4" and it wasn't pretty, and I have a large frame/muscular build as a former gymnast/ballerina.  At 110 pounds I was accused of being anorexic. Now I am 126, but what does that matter? This should be a supportive environment! I am sorry if I am coming across as attacking you, I don't mean it.  I just hate that people (in general, not you in particular) can't be kinder to one another. We don't know what will happen tomorrow...today is all we have. I want to have a positive impact on others, not a negative impact that makes me feel momentarialy better. Sorry for the rant, but having suffered from binge overeating, bulimia and anorexia at different points of my life, I know how it feels to have people say such things about your weight so bluntly.

 

Edited because I am exhausted and can't spell today

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