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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,133
8/9/14 12:29 P

BMI is just a guide. It doesn't take into account illness, exercise or muscle.

I wonder if BMI would say that ballerina in the Under Armour commercial was over weight.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 8/9/2014 (12:32)
GINNABOOTS Posts: 8,371
8/9/14 8:41 A

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absolutely not!

MARKATSPARK Posts: 5,869
8/9/14 6:17 A


SIOL55 SparkPoints: (59,899)
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8/8/14 9:04 P

It's just one factor...

PROBALLER1987 SparkPoints: (46)
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8/8/14 6:06 P

The only true judge of health is the individual's well being and ability to perform. Everyone is different and I have been through many physical tests. None of which have ever provided an exact gage. The best way to know where you stand health wise is to goto a professional physician that specializes in measuring your bio and chemical natural levels, monitoring where you are when you feel you are in your best shape and keeping these levels as constant as possible.

7/17/14 5:33 A

EmpressAMQ - good answer!

MARKATSPARK Posts: 5,869
7/17/14 5:00 A


EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
7/17/14 4:36 A

Not really and it was never intended to be a judge of health, rather it's a general guideline as to whether an individual's weight is in an appropriate range for their height.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (533,136)
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7/16/14 8:16 P

I don't think so; at least not by itself.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,179
7/16/14 7:50 P

BMI, the scale, measurements, medical tests, exercise activity level, stamina,
and healthy habits....
they are all tools that put TOGETHER are a true picture of a person's health.
You really can't just pick one and call a person healthy.

7/16/14 7:39 P

According to my BMI I'm overweight but I can run 5 miles/day. The truest gauge of health is whether or not your physical condition keeps you from doing whatever you want to do. BMI isn't a good tool for anyone except a statistician or an insurance company.

Edited by: MADDANCER at: 7/16/2014 (19:45)
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6/23/14 9:51 A


As others have noted, BMI is only one way to gage a person's health and it's not the best. With a BMI of 25.4 or even 26, that puts you in the overweight range, not the obese.

BMI is nothing more than a measurement based on height versus weight. The problem is that if someone is very athletic and carries extra lean muscle, they will have a high BMI. BMI does not take lean muscle into account. As such that means that people who are very active can still be very healthy even though their BMI might be 25-28.

Here's the thing, having a BMI of 19-21 doesn't necessarily mean the person is healthy. There are plenty of thin people who do some very unhealthy things to stay thin. We assume that if a person wears a size 0 - 4, they must be healthy. But that's just not true. There are plenty of sedentary "thin" people who don't exercise. So, even though they may be at a healthy weight for their height, because they aren't active, they are still at risk for health problems.

Good health really does come in many different shapes and sizes. I've seen slender women walking along chain smoking and I've seen overweight women running 5ks. Which person do you think is healthy ? The slender woman smoking the cigarette or the overweight one running the 5k ?

Society says we should think the slender woman is healthy just because she is thin. Reality says we should be looking at the WHOLE, not the parts. What other behaviors does this person engage in ? Because there really is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
6/23/14 9:35 A

I'm not sure where you get that you would need to lose 20 to 30lbs or that you are obese.
I checked a BMI calculator and it said you are just at the overweight line and not even close to obese for your height and weight. It also said "For your height, a normal weight range would be from 41.6 to 56 kilograms." So lose just 2 pounds and you are in the normal weight range for your height.

I don't know that a BMI is accurate for determining if you are healthy at your current weight. You should talk to your doctor about that.

ERICREH Posts: 4,109
6/23/14 8:51 A

I think its just a general guideline and may apply to many people, but it doesn't consider several variable factors.

ANDILH Posts: 1,543
6/23/14 8:47 A

I don't think BMI is in any way an accurate judge of anything. It doesn't take into account a person's muscle mass or their bone/body structure. When something classifies people who are in absolutely amazing shape as overweight or obese because of their muscles and zero body fat there is a problem.

KITTY20 Posts: 8,119
6/23/14 7:55 A

Like the others have said it is a guide, but not the final answer in total health. There are other items to be considered along with your BMI for a total health. I would also consult with your doctor as he/she may have other areas they will be looking at to see if all is well.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,158
6/23/14 7:51 A

yes and no. in the absence of more accurate information, bmi is a good guess. but it's nowhere near as accurate as bodyfat percentage.
in your situation i would get my bodyfat percentage checked and use that as a guide for what, if any, i have left to lose.

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6/23/14 5:28 A

You are focusing on the LOWER end of the BMI range, and has been stated already, it isn't the be-all and end-all of definitive indicators.

My BMI is about the same as yours, and guess what??? My GP wanted me to stop losing weight when I was a couple kg HIGHER than I am now.

Some Insurance companies tend to regard people with a BMI of over 25 as overweight, too, and THIS includes athletes. Have you ever looked at Rugby or Football players. Some of them are WAY over in their BMI, but man, they are as healthy as can be. VERY fit and lots of muscle. THAT is what some of the Insurance Companies don't necessarily take into account.

You really need to listen to what your medical providers are telling you, rather than relying on us. You have too many health issues at play.

Kris xxx

ANARIE Posts: 13,174
6/23/14 12:47 A

BMI was never intended to tell an individual person whether they are healthy or not. It was designed as a way to help public health officials calculate whether their country or province or city is likely to have a problem.

Before BMI, they used to say things like, "Women should weigh between 90 and 120 pounds." But then they found that if you grouped together all the women who weighed 90-120 and compared what percentage of them had certain health problems to the rate of those health problems among the group women who weighed 130-150, the lighter group wasn't necessarily healthier. In order for comparisons to make any sense, they had to factor in the average height, not just weight.

All BMI can tell is that the group of people whose BMI is under 18 has more people with osteoporosis, muscle disorders, and certain heart problems, and that the group of people whose BMI is over 25 (for Asians; for people of European or African ancestry it's 27) has more people with coronary disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. It lets public health officials start calculating future health care costs and decide whether it's worth the money to teach people to lose weight (or feed the underweight people.) It is also useful as a tip-off to doctors to look for other problems. You can't look at a person whose BMI is 26 and say, "You're unhealthy; lose weight or you'll die of a heart attack." But you can look at them and say, "Your BMI is higher than most healthy people's, and your grandfather died of stroke, so I think we should keep a close eye on your weight." If your BMI is 21, that doesn't automatically mean you're healthier than someone who's at 25.

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6/23/14 12:15 A

BMI is overly generous to the very short. Your descriptors are off though. Here is the actual breakdown.

Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Normal
25.0 – 29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obese

In other words, you are only slightly, slightly overweight.

JO88BAKO SparkPoints: (305,438)
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6/23/14 12:14 A

I think of it as a tool

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
6/22/14 10:35 P

I'm 4 feet 11 and have been maintaining a weight of 57kgs for a couple of years.

My BMI is roughly 25.6. I'm considered moderately obese. The healthy range is 18 to 23.

That means I have to lose about 20 to 30lbs to be healthy! Really?!

But I don't consider myself fat, not perfect but I don't think I'm fat. But according to my BMI, I am!

So, am I fat?

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