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Old 11-14-2008, 12:23 AM
 
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I am an adult female in my 30's, I am 5'4" tall and weigh 110 lbs. My BMI is 18.9 and a normal weight BMI is 18.5-24.9. I don't do extreme diet/exercise but am naturally this weight. I've had 3 kids and after each pregnancy go back to this size. My question is am I considered a healthy weight or should I try to gain? Sometimes I wonder if I should gain weight because I am so small.
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:40 AM
 
Location: lumberton, texas
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IMO If you feel healthy, have energy and your bones arent sticking out then you are healthy. You are still within the range and BMI is not always precise.
You should ask your Dr. the next time you are in there if you are worried.

My daughter's bmi is less than on the low end. Dr. made a comment about it but said she looks very healthy so it doesnt matter. reccomended her to do some strenth exercises to add more muscle.

Me on the other hand, I am always at the top end if not right over where the chart says I should be. I tried for yrs to be at "the perfect weight" and then the right bmi when it became a big deal. If I am there, I feel tired and get sick a lot. My problem is I am big boned and also hold a lot of muscle. The BMI charts dont figure that in.
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Old 11-15-2008, 11:29 AM
 
Location: ATL suburb
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I am an adult female in my 30's, I am 5'4" tall and weigh 110 lbs. My BMI is 18.9 and a normal weight BMI is 18.5-24.9. I don't do extreme diet/exercise but am naturally this weight. I've had 3 kids and after each pregnancy go back to this size. My question is am I considered a healthy weight or should I try to gain? Sometimes I wonder if I should gain weight because I am so small.
Yet another reason why I hate this BMI crap. There are always outliers. 5'4, 110 is absolutely fine. You are naturally small and thin and it's not unusual for women with this build to gain very little weight during pregnancy and lose it within a month or 2. There is no reason for you to gain weight unless you feel unhealthy, weak, or YOU feel that you would look better. Don't go by BMI to determine what your weight should be.
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Old 11-15-2008, 12:54 PM
 
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BMI is not crap. It is a general guideline that you follow and when you reach the far end of either spectrum you should review yourself.

I wouldnt gain just based on what I have seen happens in others when your hormones start to change.
When you are in your 50s you may be 120 naturally or higher depending on what you eat.
Ask your doctor to do a body fat test. That will tell you if your body fat is too low..But since you had three kids I think it would be safe to assume you are generally one healthy lady!


The BMI generally follows the % of body fat in avg people of avg hts. If you are athletic,extremely tall or extremely short its something you can always use as a general guideline of health.
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Old 11-17-2008, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Sounds good to me! If you feel good, stay like you are!
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Old 11-17-2008, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The dreaded BMI... me... 6'4" and weigh about 184... got told I was overweight.. WTF? according to the BMI... personal opinion? if you feel good screw the BMI.. now if your morbidly obese and look at yourself in the mirror.. then you got issues.. or even if your on the other side of the spectrum.. 6'4" and 100 pounds you have issues also... me.. I think I am okay where I am...
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:31 AM
 
Location: ATL suburb
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The dreaded BMI... me... 6'4" and weigh about 184... got told I was overweight.. WTF? according to the BMI... personal opinion? if you feel good screw the BMI.. now if your morbidly obese and look at yourself in the mirror.. then you got issues.. or even if your on the other side of the spectrum.. 6'4" and 100 pounds you have issues also... me.. I think I am okay where I am...
That's ridiculous. If you're extremely muscular, that can throw off the measurement.

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BMI is not crap. It is a general guideline that you follow and when you reach the far end of either spectrum you should review yourself.
Yes, it's a general guideline, but not accurate in many cases.
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:39 AM
 
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The dreaded BMI... me... 6'4" and weigh about 184... got told I was overweight.. WTF? according to the BMI... personal opinion? if you feel good screw the BMI.. now if your morbidly obese and look at yourself in the mirror.. then you got issues.. or even if your on the other side of the spectrum.. 6'4" and 100 pounds you have issues also... me.. I think I am okay where I am...

AT 6'4'' and 184 your BMI is 22.4
Healthy Weight: Assessing Your Weight: BMI: Results: Normal | DNPAO | CDC

I dont know who told you were overweight but they were not going by BMI.
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:41 AM
 
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That's ridiculous. If you're extremely muscular, that can throw off the measurement.


Yes, it's a general guideline, but not accurate in many cases.
Its accurate as a guideline...

What are you talking about?

A guideline is not a pin point.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:23 AM
 
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For nearly 1 in 5 Americans, BMI may tell the wrong story - latimes.com
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