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Under 18.5 (underweight) 1 0.85%
18.5 to 24.9 (ideal) 54 46.15%
25 to 29.9 (overweight) 43 36.75%
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Old 11-03-2007, 01:30 PM   #1
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What's your BMI?

So, dripping wet and no shoes, what's your BMI?

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RIT,

Your fourth category is wrong. It should be >30 (obese). I'm at 27.7 now and should have voted for the third choice instead of the fourth.

I'm working on mine. I'm down over 10 pounds from my highest weight, but have another 15 to go. I'm going to go give a double unit of platelets (720,000,000,000 of them, donation #69) to the American Red Cross today and get a haircut. That should help a few ounces.

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From Dec '04 (retirement) to this month:

From 38.1 to 23.9

Yes that was all fat.

I need to exercise some more and raise it a bit.
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RIT,

Your fourth category is wrong. It should be >30 (obese). I'm at 27.7 now and should have voted for the third choice instead of the fourth.
Oops. Thanks, typo fixed.
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Kahn - that is great. Congratulations.

I was reading the results of a study in the news this week.

BBC NEWS | Health | Be thin to cut cancer, study says

One part that got me thinking about BMI is the statement: "But the study says their risk increases as they head towards the 25 mark, and that everyone should try to be as close to the lower end as possible."

At 20 BMI, I would weigh 138 lb, that seems pretty low. At 18.5, I'd weigh 129 lb, a strong wind would blow me away.

Just seems like this calculation doesn't take into account muscle mass and can be misleading. BTW, I'm at 23.4


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At 20 BMI, I would weigh 138 lb, that seems pretty low. At 18.5, I'd weigh 129 lb, a strong wind would blow me away.

Just seems like this calculation doesn't take into account muscle mass and can be misleading.
Correct, muscle mass is not factored in. Alas, it takes serious body-builder type muscle mass to throw it off significantly, but it will be a bit off if you are routinely (not extremely) muscular.

There are ethnic variations, too. South Asians develop obesity-related issues at lower cutoffs, while blacks seem to develop these only at a higher BMI, all other things equal.

But the biggest "this doesn't seem right" issue under most circumstances in the USofA is that our "norms" (societal) are way off. Skinny is good.


I'm just under 6', jog regularly, and at 180 I am flirting with "overweight." Hard to believe.
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From Dec '04 (retirement) to this month:

From 38.1 to 23.9

Yes that was all fat.

I need to exercise some more and raise it a bit.
Great achievement!

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Five years ago I watched as coworkers and relatives started experiencing all kinds of adverse health conditions due to obesity and realized that it would be tragic to reach my early retirement goals only to be saddled with health issues. Megacorp takes away most of my time and energy, but I won't let them take away my health!

Over the course of 1-1/2 years, I went from
30.3 BMI --> 22.2 BMI

I get very concerned as I see ever increasing numbers of coworkers and relatives get heavier and heavier. I used to be obese myself so I have a great deal of sympathy for how hard it is to lose and maintain a healthy weight in our current environment.

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I used to drive a little 3 series BMI convertible. Dont think I've seen these other models though.
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From Dec '04 (retirement) to this month:

From 38.1 to 23.9
Wow, you must be really tall now!
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Consistently 25-26. It seems the more I work out, the higher my BMI gets.

Here's a Flickr slideshow of over 100 photos of men & women with their BMIs and weights. It puts a lot of perspective into the misuse of this indicator...
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If I was wearing 1" wedges I'd be the perfect weight .
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I calculated 25.8, but there is something wrong with the gravitational field in this region of the US, so my actual number is under 25.
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i'm obese at 18% body fat. just wait until i get down to 12-15% bf. for then, however oddly apparently, i'll be even fatter.
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Consistently 25-26. It seems the more I work out, the higher my BMI gets.

Here's a Flickr slideshow of over 100 photos of men & women with their BMIs and weights. It puts a lot of perspective into the misuse of this indicator...
Same for me, I am a 26, but the extra weight is muscle.
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Here's a Flickr slideshow of over 100 photos of men & women with their BMIs and weights. It puts a lot of perspective into the misuse of this indicator...
What do you mean about the "misuse?" There was only one (Jessica in the full body girdle wetsuit) for which the classification did not seem right to me.
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Clothes hide a multitude of sins. Without them, pleasantly rounded means overweight, at least by BMI. By that criteria, I'd like to be a 23 married to a 26, but that's another topic.
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Many of the women and men classified as overweight seems normal to me; in fact very attractively so in the case of the females. Ditto the underweight men and women. They look normal and healthy. A few fit looking men playing with heir kids looked completly normal to me.

Clearly BMI is a very gross and misleading measure, probably invented to make possible cheap and easy retrospective studies of medical records. Who cares if the studies are useless; at least you get one more listing in your bibliography.

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Clothes hide a multitude of sins. Without them, pleasantly rounded means overweight, at least by BMI. By that criteria, I'd like to be a 23 married to a 26, but that's another topic.
And.... I think we've lost our sense of what is normal. I currently weight only a few pounds less than I did in high school. Back then, my mom was constantly after me to lose 10 pounds so I wouldn't be "plump" any more. Nowadays, my coworkers refer to me as "skinny".

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