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LOTUS737 Posts: 3,240
11/19/13 8:29 P

i would get to a point where you're happy with how you look and feel and then go in for a checkup. as others have said, bmi isn't a great marker for everyone.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,437
11/19/13 6:12 P

Wow - I am surprised that your doctor recommend 96 lbs even back then. 96 lbs represents a BMI of 18.8. A healthy range is generally reckoned at 18.5-25, and 18.8 is pretty close to being underfat.

And while overall weight (and by implication, BMI) is simple to measure, it is a fairly crude and less meaningful way to set a goal. Somebody who exercises regularly (and therefore has a higher lean mass) may well be simultaneously heavier, healthier and thinner than someone of the same height than someone who does not exercise, and whose overall weight includes more body fat.

I agree with the suggestion of body fat percentage as the more meaningful measure of overall health.


SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
11/19/13 4:40 P

I agree with going back to your doctor and seeing where you stand now.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
11/19/13 2:39 P

Why not go for a checkup? If your blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, and all your tests come back in the healthy and normal range, I think that's a good measure that you're healthy. Weight is only one factor and BMI charts aren't a one size fits all.

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11/19/13 12:12 P

BMI charts aren't particularly accurate for people who are short, tall, or very muscular. They are an accumulation of a bunch of data about the average population. Instead, go by body fat percentage as this will tell you just how much of your weight is fat versus lean mass and water.

AQUARISUN Posts: 121
11/19/13 11:24 A

I am not sure if my doctor years ago was talking about this weight because of my age then. Anyway, she said at my height of 5'0, I should weigh 96 pounds but that was when I was 22ish. Would that weight idea be the same for me now I am reaching 30? BMI charts seem to say that is the LESS amount of weight. I do think at being around 110 I look good (If I gain a couple more pounds jeans will start to get tight, as I think my weight collects in the hips/stomach and thighs). Should I be at that weight now?

Edited by: AQUARISUN at: 11/19/2013 (11:25)
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