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Chubby vs fat; advice about weight


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Two questions here:

 A friend of mine mentioned something interesting about my room mate. She compared my room mate to her own roomate. Both of them are about the same height, same build, and wear similar size clothes.  You stick them next to each other, and their waist sizes are about the same.

However, my friend called my roomate "unhealthily" fat, whereas her roomate is simply "chubby" but overall healthy. When I look at them, I cannot tell the difference.

My friend says that one sort of fat stems from, and I quote, "Oops I ate too much" and the other is because of "I ate too much and never exercised before in my life," and that you can tell one from the other just by looking. I, personally, think they're both just slightly overweight but one does not necessarily look more unhealthy.

So how do you tell the difference? Is there even a difference? When you look at a person, is there an obvious difference between the two situations?

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Also, I would like some advice concerning me.

I used the tools listed on this site, and it says I am a "healthy weight."

I am a 16 year old female, 130 pounds (give or take a few), and about 5'2".

But...I'm chubby, my pant size is around 11, and I estimate the circumference around my upper arm to be 10-11 inches, and half of it hangs off as flabby stuff >_< When I quit sucking it all in, my belly hangs out almost as far as my breasts do, and I'm faaaaaaaaar from flat. Is that really what a healthy person should LOOK like? I swear I'm not exaggerating.

 At the moment, I consume around 1600-1800 calories a day and do some light exercise--running about 2 miles every evening. Other than that, I'm pretty much sedentary. I estimate I walk a grand total of 1-2 miles per day, going to and fro from classes. Otherwise, I (like the good GPA whore I am xD) study in my room or sleep. Is this sort of lifestyle ok? What can I change to fix my physical appearance?

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If you're a healthy weight, maybe you could try some toning? Crunches, some light weights etc. , otherwise, perhaps your set point, you're absolutely ideal weight is just a bit lower in the healthy range. I have had the same problem. Have a play around with the BMI tool to see how low you can go while maintaining a healthy weight.

Oh, and I know this sounds really silly, but are you completely sure that's you're actual height? I measured mine against my friends (we're all the same height) who told me they were 5"6, when I actually  measured it I was 5"3 and didn't understand until then why "healthy" meant looking like a life size melon:)  but that's just probably me being my usual dozy self.   Anyhow, good look!

i would say the only difference between two people about the same weight and height being "unhealthily fat" would be the flab or tone of a person. like kelly clarkson for instance, she doesn't look stick thin, in some photos she actually looks pretty thick, but it's a healthy thick. she's toned. i have friends that are my height and weight and we are all different shapes and sizes. some top heavy, some body heavy...it's a toss up really.

so i'm 5'2 and trying to lose 10-20lbs. i am currently 139lbs. if you say you are 130lbs and still feel chubby, i wonder if my goal weight isn't enough?! my arms are about 11in too and my waist between 31-33in. it's hard when you are shorter, cuz you definitely have to compensate when it comes to weight.

you are still young (i'm 28 yrs old) so i'm sure your metabolism isn't shot yet. being sedentary most of the time probably won't help you change your physical appearance though. you should really get involved in some activities or join a weight training class. the more muscle you build the more calories you burn. i currently go to the gym 5 days a week varying from cardio/weights/strength training. i take in about 1200-1500 calories a day. i love food but i try to eat healthy and stay within my diet during the work week. i give myself some slack on the weekends. 

If you're a healthy weight, maybe you could try some toning? Crunches, some light weights etc. , otherwise, perhaps your set point, you're absolutely ideal weight is just a bit lower in the healthy range. I have had the same problem. Have a play around with the BMI tool to see how low you can go while maintaining a healthy weight.

Oh, and I know this sounds really silly, but are you completely sure that's you're actual height? I measured mine against my friends (we're all the same height) who told me they were 5"6, when I actually measured it I was 5"3 and didn't understand until then why "healthy" meant looking like a life size melon:) but that's just probably me being my usual dozy self. Anyhow, good look!

 

I'm 5'3" and 135 lbs. My waist is at 32" and my arms at 11". I'm considered high healthy weight, borderline overweight. I consider myself chubby but when I take my clothes off and look in the mirror, I think I look fat. I guess it depends on your skin type... if there's dimply skin then maybe it's from the wrong type of foods/exercise and being generally unhealthy about habits. Although, most of skin type is from genetics. But that's one reason I could see someone saying that.

It's weird that you're a size 11.. maybe the sizes are different here, but I'm 5'2 157 and wear a size 11.

edit: I'm overweight, but I carry it better than some other people. I have "harder" fat, wearas a freind of mine with similar stats has "softer" fat and its wiggly and flops over her pants. Maybe that's what you're friend is discribing with the roomates? I'ts not because I have tons of muscle mass.. it's just the way my body proportions itself.

I think by what the site says is a "healthy" weight, it's just basically saying that, "at this estimated BMI, you are less likely to develop diseases and crap related to weight." While it's good to achieve the fitness level you want, whether that be athletic or just "not chubby," I don't think you should agonize about it too much. You're healthy and have all your limbs, ya' know? =D
hi everyone.. I think the whole difference between the "chubby" and "unhealthy fat" is that a chubby person is more muscle even though they may have quite a bit of fat on them. For example i consider myself chubby even though i am 5'6'' and over 200lbs. but i also am very active; always walking, heavy lifting, high energy and so forth, and a guy that works with me is about the same physically but he doesn't really do anything active. My boss said the difference between the two of us was that even though we looked the same that i was quote "less jiggily" lol.. which was true.

It sounds like your overly judgemental friend is projecting her poor image and attitude problem on your roommate, while sticking up for her own. You said yourself they appear to be the same size, and I bet they are. As a word of caution, you might not want to be close friends with a person who tears other people down, as they tend to do the same thing to you behind your back. You sound completely normal, and your lifestyle seems fine. I would suggest you use the tools on this site to make sure you stay within realistic and healthy boundaries as far as diet and exercise, and be patient with your weight loss. Meanwhile you could ditch this "friend" and watch it do wonders for your self image.

 

Just a thought.  

 

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Mm, thanks for the insight, people. It helps =D
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