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Ladies with BMI of around 23 (22 at min. and 24 at max.).. What is your body status????


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I'm just curious what the range is for body shapes and sizes :)

I'm most interested in your body measurements but wouldn't mind knowing your height and weight too :)  Please indicate your BMI.. and the following I mentioned! also, if you could indicate your race for me too.. thanks!

The thing that triggered me to post this is because of a forum post I read about Asians and BMI. It said that Asians have a different range in BMI classifications from other races such as the BMI range of what would be considered underweight, healthy weight, and overweight. 23 is considered overweight for Asians, while that number is considered healthy, overall for everyone.

I just wanna put this indication to the test. If there's anything that I'm not understanding properly, welcome yourself to inform me!

I'm Asian - BMI 22.6 -34-26.5-38 - 5'6 - 136 lbs

(Technically, I am pretty much overweight. Pretty down about that because I thought I was in the healthy range until I read that article/forum)

Thanks again!!!

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BMI 23.4

36-28-38

5'4" 136 lbs

Nobody with a 26.5" waist at 5'6 is overweight.

My BMI is 24.3 (5'4; 139 pounds) and I'm about 38-30-36.  I have vanity pounds left to lose, but I am no longer overweight.  I'm Caucasian, but I don't see that it would be fair to generalize that article to all Asians as that covers a very diverse group of people.  Indians are not the same as Japanese are not the same as Filipinos.

I think it's much more likely that (some) Asians have different cultural expectations regarding acceptable body weight and BMI, rather than that Asians are built differently from people from other nations.  You are definitely not overweight - 136 pounds at 5'6 is a great weight!

 

ETA:  I'm 5'4, 37.5-30-38 (I think - I took these measurements just now, and I'm not sure how accurate they are).  I'm 134.4 pounds, BMI 22.9.

Truly, there are asians of larger builds too. Just as there are caucasians of tiny bone structures. When comparing large groups of chinese to, say, germans, you may find that there are MORE of the chinese who have smaller bone structures, but as you well know - there are exceptions to every generalisation (because in this case, it certainly isn't a "rule"). 

6'
About 167lbs
BMI is roughly 23

Measurements are about 38-30-40

My BMI is above your query range, but I just wanted to pop in, second everybody else's comments, and add that waist/hip ratio is another way of determining how much a person's body fat distribution affects their risk of heart disease, diabetes, etc. It's generally considered at least as important as BMI, and many studies suggest that it actually gives a more accurate risk assessment. The rule is that if a woman's waist/hip ratio is .8 or greater, you are at increased risk. Below .8 is healthy (it's .95 for men). Your measurements put you at .69, well within the healthy range.

Oh, and fwiw in the only study I've seen that goes into BMI variation by ethnic group places, 23 is given as the lowest cutoff point anyone has proposed, not something the medical community has settled on. The proposed range changes also vary depending on what you are specifically (i.e. Chinese vs. South Asian, cf http://www.theheart.org/article/785215.do ) The reason for the change seems to be mainly concern about variations in body fat levels and distribution patterns among ethnicities, so if you're really worried you can check your distribution (i.e. waist/hip ratio) and level (i.e. body fat percentage) yourself. If both of those are fine, you're golden.

Remember, BMI is a very, very basic diagnostic tool. It's far from foolproof.

Caucasian,  5'4",  BMI 22.6,  135lbs,  38-28-38...my age doesn't matter  :)

5 ft 4 127lbs,

34,25,34.5 bmi 21.9

My Stats are very similar to yours -

34-26.5-38

132.5 lbs, 5'6", bmi 22.

I my weight regularly ranges anywhere between 136-130 lbs, and really I don't see that much change in how I look or my measurements within this range.

I had a look at your pics, and from I can tell I think our bodies look pretty similar. I personally am quite happy with my body, and I also think you look great. Maybe there is a different scale for asians, but alot asian women's bodies (in my personal opinion) are in serious need of some muscle (I'm not saying all, but this seems to be a common look). Twiggy with flat bums doesn't look as nice as strong and fit.

You, my dear, have a beautiful, strong body. Thats not just based on the numbers, your pictures show it as well.

P.S. - I am a small boned causasian

23 yo; Caucasian of German, Polish, Ukranian descent; 5' 3.5"; 133 lbs; BMI 23.2; 36.25-29-39

 

Funny story related to body frames-->I went shopping for a nice dress to wear to a wedding and there was a beautiful bubblegum pink dress (size 4) and it zipped up until it got to my rib cage....apparently I have a waist & hips that can fit in a size 4 dress but a size 8 rib cage lol

22.45 - bmi

20 - age

5' - height

115- weight

Original Post by prinzessin_naseimbuch:

23 yo; Caucasian of German, Polish, Ukranian descent; 5' 3.5"; 133 lbs; BMI 23.2; 36.25-29-39

 

Funny story related to body frames-->I went shopping for a nice dress to wear to a wedding and there was a beautiful bubblegum pink dress (size 4) and it zipped up until it got to my rib cage....apparently I have a waist & hips that can fit in a size 4 dress but a size 8 rib cage lol

You are not alone!  i have a very small waist and hip compared to my shoulders and chest.  Though I am still working on losing a few pounds I wear a large shirt - and a small bottom (about a 6).  I am not so big busted as much as broad ribbed and shouldered. 

Original Post by madamq:

Original Post by prinzessin_naseimbuch:

23 yo; Caucasian of German, Polish, Ukranian descent; 5' 3.5"; 133 lbs; BMI 23.2; 36.25-29-39

 

Funny story related to body frames-->I went shopping for a nice dress to wear to a wedding and there was a beautiful bubblegum pink dress (size 4) and it zipped up until it got to my rib cage....apparently I have a waist & hips that can fit in a size 4 dress but a size 8 rib cage lol

You are not alone!  i have a very small waist and hip compared to my shoulders and chest.  Though I am still working on losing a few pounds I wear a large shirt - and a small bottom (about a 6).  I am not so big busted as much as broad ribbed and shouldered. 

Yeah...I've lost about 22 lbs so far and I and my bf have both noticed that my breasts are smaller.Frown  But I still have the broad shouders and wide rib cage.

I can relate princess. I have the germanic/polish broad shoulder issue going on myself (noooooo shoulder pads necessary). Throughout my ED this actually concealed my emaciation, and during the course of my recovery the only people who would see me in a state of partial undress (mum and dad), would comment that I looked fine up top but had stick legs. Bodies are funny things.

Russian/Ukranian (although my mother said my smaller waist is due to my jewish part since she doesn't have it), 20 yo, 172 cm (5'7.5") 64.5 kg (142 lbs), BMI 22, 35.8-27.6-40.6

Hey mash :) I checked out your profile and saw the pic with your artworks - what a talented artist you are! Wow! Good luck with your efforts (and your art) :)

I'm 5' 0.2'', 123.5 lbs, BMI 23.9, 36.5 - 28.5 - 36.5.

I'm asian as well and I think I'm overweight for my height. From the experiment I've done on myself I found that for some Asians (me being one) the normal recommended calories intake isn't the usual 1500 calories but only 800 to 900 calories to maintain a constant weight.

So having read your post I think that some people can burn more food than others. Unfortunately for me, and hopefully not for you, we burn less energy and thus require less calories. Which means if we follow the generalised recommendation we'll just be piling on the fat.

I've been trying to lose weight and only have been consuming around 800-900 calories each day, but it's really hard to shed that extra kg despite being told if you eat less than the recommendation you'll shed the fat.

 

Another factor that can contribute to the weight is bone's weight. Some people have light bones and others have heavy bones. So for me, even though I'm short for Asian I do have big bones and they're quite heavy.

 

Hope that helps somewhat.

 

 

^^ Hi there, good luck as well!

and thank u :D

Original Post by healthylive:

I'm 5' 0.2'', 123.5 lbs, BMI 23.9, 36.5 - 28.5 - 36.5.

I'm asian as well and I think I'm overweight for my height. From the experiment I've done on myself I found that for some Asians (me being one) the normal recommended calories intake isn't the usual 1500 calories but only 800 to 900 calories to maintain a constant weight.

So having read your post I think that some people can burn more food than others. Unfortunately for me, and hopefully not for you, we burn less energy and thus require less calories. Which means if we follow the generalised recommendation we'll just be piling on the fat.

I've been trying to lose weight and only have been consuming around 800-900 calories each day, but it's really hard to shed that extra kg despite being told if you eat less than the recommendation you'll shed the fat.

 

Another factor that can contribute to the weight is bone's weight. Some people have light bones and others have heavy bones. So for me, even though I'm short for Asian I do have big bones and they're quite heavy.

 

Hope that helps somewhat.

 

 

 There may be some metabolic differences between races but I don't know that it has been studied.

One thing that has been studied is that when you under eat your metabolism slows way down.  Then when you eat at a higher level again you gain weight quickly.  It also means you will have to constantly cut calories to lose weight. This is not about race but metabolic science.

If you eat 800-900 calories a day your metabolism is SLOW and eating more may been a few pounds gained.  This might give the illusion that this is what you need because of your race - but it is only an illusion.  Go read up on under eating and starvation mode.  I think it will be eye opening.

Original Post by healthylive:

I'm asian as well and I think I'm overweight for my height. From the experiment I've done on myself I found that for some Asians (me being one) the normal recommended calories intake isn't the usual 1500 calories but only 800 to 900 calories to maintain a constant weight.

Nobody should ever be eating 800-900 cals to lose weight, let alone maintain.

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