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Is my scale sexist?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I have one of those electronic scales that measures your weight and body fat percentage. You set it up by entering your sex, height and age. This morning before stepping onto the scale I accidentally hit the button set up for my husband but didn't really think it mattered so I stepped on the scale. Hmm, it said my body fat was 17%. I stepped off and waited for it to reset, then pushed the button set up for me. Now it says my body fat is 38.5%? Really? Of course that's more in line with what it normally reads for me. But still, why such a huge difference between men and women? Maybe I stepped on it weird the first time. So I tried re-weighing myself under my husband's program and yep, 17% body fat. What's up with that?????
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    I think your scale is must playing mind games with you.
    1944 days ago
    It is certainly true that men have more muscle mass and put on fat differently than women. But I resent the fact that they throw all women, whatever shape or size, into the same pot. Let's face it there are petitie women (of which I am not), small boned women, large boned women (I am one of the latter), tall, short, etc. etc. It is one reason that I refer to the "waist-hip" ratio for bdy mass rather than the BMI. There is a good article on this by Dean Anderson. You can probably do a search. Using this method I have a"moderate" health risk. Using the BMI I am obese!! I am 5'6" with wide shoulders and hips. I was once told in a better Ladies shop that I have "model" shoulders for tailored jackets!! I am a size 14 and trying to get back into a 12. i'm close!! I am not obese!! I am slightly overweight and a work in progress. emoticon
    1950 days ago
  • LAURIE160IN2013
    Yes, I think the assumption is that men are bigger boned and have more muscle mass. So, in general, a 5' 7" man at 180 pounds would have less fat than a woman of the same height and weight.
    1950 days ago
  • MATHISC4464
    It probably is because guys are naturally more built and have more muscle in them and if you weight less than your husband then his number would be lower!
    1950 days ago
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