Thank you for mentioning this.
I'm not a overly large person in my opinion but every
time I take the BMI it tells me I'm overweight. My
family, friends and coworkers say I look fine for my
height. I know I have a larger bone structure because
I can't get bracelets to slide over my hands, I can't
wear anklets and I can wear blazers unless I have them
altered to fit after I buy them because my shoulders
are wide. I'm tired of trying to lose weight to be
'in' and thin when everyone says I look good now just
because that BMI the doctor uses says I'm too big.
Since your goal is health related I would say stop looking at the scale and the BMI. Instead decide what levels of exercise and what kind of diet is healthy for you. For example I would say someone who ate 7-9 servings of fruit and vegitables a day, ran 3 miles 5 times a week and very carefully limited sugars and unhealthy fats was a very healthy person regardless of weight and BMI. Not to say your goals should be very low so you can call yourself healthy, but each of us is healthy at a different weight with a different amount of fat. There is no way that after a while of living with the above life style that you would be overweight for your body type. You will know when you are at a healthy weight because you will feel energetic and active, as opposed to bloated and tired. I hope this isn't too far off topic, I just get tired of all of the measuring sticks people keep makiing for calling us "healthy". Your doctor can give you more definative answers on what a healthy weight is for you, but healthy is a life style not a weight or an index.
http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_loss.html has some really good calculators for idea weight and other things, it gives you three different opinions and a wide range based on those and bone structure.
I personally don't believe the BMI takes the large bone structure into much consideration. People with large bone structures typically also have a larger muscle mass which of course both weighs more than fat. I'm 5'4" and have a large frame, I also cannot wear bangle bracletts, since they don't fit over my hands/wrist. I weigh 135lbs and look nice and lean. 135 is not overweight, according to the BMI, for my size but for others at my height and weight who have very small frames they clearly look chubby while I do not. Even when I was overweight, according to the BMI, I still looked nice, (nicer than others my size) I just wasn't as lean. I think the only way to truly now whether or not you have to much body fat is by a body fat test done by a professional. If you are happy with your size than don't worry about the BMI.
i am only 14..but i am already starting to have a big bone structure.
all my friends tell me that i am starting to look unhealthy but....i weigh around 130 and i am 5' 7. i have wide hips...and broad shoulders as well. My school counselor thinks i am developing anorexia! i never thought i would get to that point!. my family has notice the weight loss. but the BMI charts say that i am healthy. my doctor said that i will grow to be abut 5' 9 .....how can i figure out my healthy weight?
can help you figure out your BMI according to your frame size and how to figure what size of frame you have.
I am a 36 year old man - am in the best shape I have ever been in, wear a 32/33 inch waist pant size and a large/extra large shirt....and I have maybe 10 lbs to lose fat wise...and the BMI tells me I'm almost obese because i weigh around 190 to 195 lbs. I exercise daily and lift weights 4 times a week.
Hello? I wear a 32/33 inch waist pant size, but I'm near obesity? That makes no sense whatsoever. I did take a BMI test that took into consideration my overall bone structure, and then and only then did it seem to register accurately - stating I was 'good size' and 'healthy'.
BMI is the most simple calculation for those that have no Idea where they stand as far how in shape they are.
Any calculator that takes into account Weight, height, and even bone structure, are very misleading. Body builders are very in shape but horribly obese according to any calculators.
The true measure of your health is a water weight fat percentage test. Weigh yourself before getting in the water, and weigh yourself in the water. and you find your body fat percentage. 6% to 18% healthy for men, 12% to 20% healthy for women.
But if you are overwheight for your body size and not fat, for example a body builder, that is not horribly bad but does lead to problems such as added stress on bones and increase cardivascular disease because a body builder eats just as much as a fat person they just exercise more.
The best way to live your life is at the weight suggested by bmi in relation to your bone structure. Eating just enough food to live productively and not overeating too build muscle mass or fat mass. You will live longer and have less health problems.
How to Determine Bone Frame Size
By Fiona Miller, eHow Contributor
Knowing your bone frame size can help you in reaching your optimal weight. People with "big bones," or big frames, are meant to carry more weight than those with small frames. To determine what bone frame size you are, simply measure your wrist and compare it to a frame size table.
Things you'll need:
• Tape measure
1 Find the largest part of your wrist. Measure the circumference of your wrist at this area using a tape measure.
2 Compare your wrist measurements to the following:
Women need to factor in their height: For women less than 5 feet 2 inches, a wrist size less than 5.5 inches indicates a small frame, between 5.5 and 5.75 inches a medium frame, and over 5.75 inches a large frame. For women between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 5 inches, less than 6 inches indicates a small frame, 6 to 6.25 inches a medium frame, and over 6.25 inches a large frame. For women over 5 feet 5 inches, under 6.25 inches indicates a small frame, between 6.25 and 6.5 inches a medium frame, and over 6.5 inches a large frame.
For men, there is no height differentiation: Men with a wrist measurement less than 6.5 inches have a small frame, between 6.5 and 7.5 inches a medium frame, and over 7.5 inches a large frame.
3 Use this information to calculate your optimal weight. You can do this by consulting your doctor or using an online weight calculator like the one at *******************.com.