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BMI - I certainly don't feel obese!!!

Postby Bec259 » Sun Sep 24, 2006 9:36 pm

I just calculated my BMI & it is 38.3, which it says is obese......well I'm sorry, but I don't feel obese!!!!! I really wish I hadn't done it now........
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Postby Dolly » Sun Sep 24, 2006 9:53 pm

I'm obese too, but not to worry, at least we're working to get our hearts healthy again :D
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Postby Garfield » Sun Sep 24, 2006 11:14 pm

Don't be upset. When I first calculated my BMI it was 32, which meant I was obese (I still don't reckon I was). Anyways, now my BMI is 23 or so. You can do it girls!
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Postby KimE » Mon Sep 25, 2006 8:36 am

Know what you mean Bec. I didn’t feel obese either and the BMI and body fat thingy said I was. I started at 36 on the BMI and now at 26 which according to some is low risk and to others is overweight. I never thought of myself as obese unless I read those darn things but I admit I started to feel quite unhealthy. So feeling unhealthy and hating seeing myself in photos were the real motivators to get me changing my lifestyle not the BMI stats.
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Postby chubbybubby » Mon Sep 25, 2006 12:28 pm

Mine's 33.2.... so Im obese too.... oh well, I guess u just have to keep thinking that you wont be for much longer! :D xx
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Postby MagicGirl79 » Mon Sep 25, 2006 1:19 pm

Hi Bec,

When I started WW I weighed in at 112.9 and my BMI was 42! It astounded me to see it so high and that I was obese.

I have lost almost 30 kg's now though and my BMI is 32, which still puts me in the obese category.

To be honest I didn't feel obese when I weighed 112.9kg, but looking back at pics of myself I can tell that I was. I don't feel obese now either but I realise I still have a fair way to go to be completely healthy. I'll be glad when I'm 'overweight' instead of 'obese'!
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Postby redwineonsundays » Thu Oct 19, 2006 6:47 pm

well it happened to me too, just joined the gym and amongst other things they gave me a BMI calculator, and it says i'm obese... it really freaked me out!! i'm not going to pay attention to any BMI though, i'm going to know i'm fine when i'm healthy and fit, oh and fit into my old pants!!! :D
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Postby redwineonsundays » Thu Oct 19, 2006 6:47 pm

i think i did my ticker wrong!! oops better read the instructions again.. hehe
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Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:40 pm

I'm sure the BMI should only be used as a guide and I think I've said this before, but based only on the BMI, many footy players, wrestlers, boxers, weightlifters would fall into the obese category, but you wouldn't call them obese (at least not if you wanted to live longer than 5 mins).
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Postby KimE » Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:53 am

Yup Tegan's right because muscle weighs more than fat they read as heavier for their height. The BMI does not take into conideration body composition (lean mass vs fat). It also does not accurately work for pregnant women.

Another measurement like this is the body fat %. You can be quite slim but still have a high percentage of body fat and you could even be in the obese category for that measurement although you may be in your healthy weight range. I think what it is pointing out is that some part of you may not be as healthy or needs improvement. I stopped feeling obese and unhealthy a while before I got both the BMI and body fat % to 'healthier' levels.
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Postby chocsuz » Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:13 pm

I know exactly what you mean. I know I was abit overweight, but not obese. My height hides alot though, and heaps of people get shocked when I tell them I need to loose 16kgs to get to my ideal weight according to the BMI index thing.

Anyway I will take it slowly and see how I feel as I get skinnier.
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Postby hushpuppy » Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:20 pm

BMI is a bit tricky . If you have a mucular frame then it would pretty much say u was obese . My bro has a friend who is bulit like a rock and not i ounce of fat on his body and his bmi says he is obese . Just use it as a guide . Go by your mesurements instead
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Postby fiona » Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:42 pm

hi guys
About that bmi thingy. Mine says to be between 53 and 65 kilos (as i'm only 160cm tall). I don't agree with the 53 bit, i'd be skin and bones!!!! :lol:
As long as you feel and look good in your new body, i dont think it matters what your bmi says.


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Postby kate_turner2000 » Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:07 am

thats true fiona, some people like to have a bit of weight on them- it looks good on some people. i know i like to be a bit solid as i would look nicer in clothes
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Postby Darren » Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:32 pm

I am 194 cm tall & "well built" with a BMI of 34. At my goal weight of 100kg my BMI would (will) be 26.5. There's no way I'd be 'overweight' then I reckon. To get to 'normal' I'd have to be 93kg, the last time I was that weight would have been when I was about 16, with a lot less body frame.

It surely must be only a guide, but I have been to doctors who swear by it & you leave them feeling shamed & like you have an impossible task before you.
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