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JULIA1154
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8/23/11 3:19 P

They must have been desperate for a story emoticon

I do think 145's a bit high for 5'4", depending on body composition but that's based on my personal experience.



KISSFAN1
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8/23/11 3:10 P

I'm 5'4" and I don't feel comfortable at 145 pounds because of my shape. Other people are built differently and look great at that height/weight. I think it's a personal thing and if someone is happy with their weight at that height then it's great.



TIME2BLOOM4ME
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8/23/11 2:19 P

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KIRBYFAN90
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8/23/11 2:10 P

bmi isn't always accurate i would also look at other measurements like waist to hip ratio
if one is eating right and exercising and is happy at the weight they are at then one should not worry

Edited by: KIRBYFAN90 at: 8/23/2011 (14:12)


MUKAMI12
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8/23/11 2:04 P

I think by just one "1" pound...!!!!



CAMEOSUN
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8/23/11 2:03 P

That's not right. She's not clinically overweight at that height/weight ratio. Maybe, Good Housekeeping was desperate for articles before their deadline.



SLLEE1961
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8/22/11 11:05 P

I am 5'3 and about 135. I need under the weight or BMI will over 24.
Beacuse health I need to watch,but maybe you don't need to.



REDSHOES2011
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8/22/11 10:51 P

BMI is a one hundred year old dinosaur that needs to be replaced.. I body build, I am over weight even if my skin hangs to hell on me..



TACDGB
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8/22/11 10:19 P

At one time I was 145 and 5 ft 3. If you can be happy at that weight good for you. I just couldn't. I was so unhappy in my own skin.



MANDIETERRIER1
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8/22/11 9:10 P

I seem to be stuck at 140 pounds. At that weight it lists my BMI at overweight. Since I am also 5 foot 3 inches.

I just decided the heck with BMI I will be the healthiest 140 pounds I can be.

Besides has anyone seen pictures of the poster RedShoes? I don't know how tall she is, but at approximately 145 lbs she is all muscle. She is healthier than I am.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 8/22/2011 (21:11)


CGFIELD
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8/22/11 12:13 P

Heck, that's my ultimate goal. But I'll get there!

Cathy emoticon



ARCHIMEDESII
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8/22/11 11:55 A

A person needs to take anything they read in magazines with a grain of salt. BMI is only one way to measure a person's health and it's not the best because it doesn't take lean muscle into account. All the BMI measures is a person's weight versus a person's height. Keep in mind that a body builder with 5% body fat would be considered obese or morbidly obese by BMI standards.

Let's take two 5ft 4" women who weigh 145 pounds. Let's say one woman is 18% lean and strength trains regular. Let's say the other woman is 34% body fat and is sedentary. Which woman do you think is healthier ? They both weigh 145 pounds. Well, that's the point. Lean muscle has a huge impact on our weight as well as our health. a woman who strength trains may be scale heavy, but very lean physically.

So, yes, a 5ft 4" woman at 145 pounds could be very fit even though BMI says she's overweight. I know size 0-2 women with amazing figures, but couldn't do a push up if their life depended on it. They may be "thin", but they aren't fit.

The point is that there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 8/22/2011 (11:57)


SAHEDGES01
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8/22/11 10:44 A

145 is the high range of the healthy BMI index for some one who is 5'4" - but that doesn't make her a heath risk, for crying out loud. That article shouldn't have been about a 'struggle to lose weight' but an article about trying to maintain a healthy weight within recommended guidelines.



PARKERB2
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8/22/11 10:31 A

I would think not.



NEW_LIFE_4_ME
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8/22/11 10:05 A

It is over weight and it must bother her or the article wouldn't be there. It is a start of something worse if she doesn't get it under control now. 145 is what a person my height should weigh and I am 5' 7" tall. That 3 inches makes a huge difference.



APIRLRAIN888
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8/22/11 10:01 A

lol I am 5'4 got into a 2/4 jean at 160! 145 seems soooo unrealistic for my body!

so i will take the overwieght BMI crap!!! if I ever see 145!!! i will be thrilled ;p but i'ld rather be a runner first



KKKAREN
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8/22/11 9:08 A

It sounds great to me! I'm 5'3" and I wish I weighed 145 lbs.

Edited by: KKKAREN at: 8/22/2011 (09:09)


KITTY20
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8/22/11 8:50 A

If someone feels great and is not having any issues I would not think so also I would check with a doctor as some people are not considered overweight by them even tough the chart states otherwise. I am actually shorter than that and goal is about 140-145. Of course age does add into that and I will be at the top of my good range at 145. Hope this helps.



PENNY4U
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8/22/11 8:46 A

I am 5'4", and have always struggled with my weight. Personally, I feel that if they are 145 pounds, feel great with no risky health issues, they shouldn't feel they need to struggle to lose those extras that doctors say they need to. Everyone carries their weight differently, and always remember that muscle weighs more than fat. Someone who is a very toned 145 pounds should consider themselves a health risk.



MLAN613
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8/22/11 8:38 A

I checked the BMI for that weight and height and it's around 24.9, which is still healthy but 25.0 or 25.1 is overweight, I think. (Side Note:BMI isn't always a good indicator of a healthy weight) Without reading the article myself, I guess it does seem a little petty to be worried about being on the verge of "clinically overweight.



KEEPITMOVIN_H2O
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8/22/11 8:25 A

Is that correct? I was reading September's issue of Good Housekeeping and it has a whole article about a woman and her husband wanting to lose weight. In the very beginning of it she says that she was on the verge of being clinically overweight at 5 foot 4 and 145 pounds. I know 5'4 is pretty short (that's how tall I am) but even then, 145 pounds does not seem like THAT much. It just seemed a little absurd to me to have this whole story about her and her "struggle" when it doesn't even appear to be that serious.

I don't know. Kind of just rubbed me the wrong way.



 
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