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Old 09-30-2010, 04:58 PM
Location: St. Louis
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OP, you look quite normal to me and that's b/c you are normal. Unfortunately, normal does not equal healthy. You are still quite young so you won't remember what the average person looked like just 30 years ago. Google some images of famous people from the 80's and before and then some from now, and you'll see what I mean. I am not giving you trouble--I have the exact same BMI, and I'm not as athletic as you seem to be, though I do work out. But really--do you want them to lie to you and tell you that being overweight is healthy just b/c you look as average as everyone else? People who fall in the normal range on the BMI scale will actually appear underweight to most of us and I'm guessing that they're getting tired of being accused of being anorexic.

That said, I take these BMI calculators with a grain of salt. Some people are very muscular and muscle weighs more than fat. Some people have a very sturdy bone structure and some people have a gracile one. Then the races are built differently: if you took 3 women--me, a black lady with a sturdy bone structure, and a lady from the orient, and we all weigh the same thing, the black lady would look really good, I would be plump (as I am) and the oriental lady would be just plain fat.
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:23 PM
Location: state of procrastination
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BMI always pegs me as being underweight but I'm actually kind of fat. There is no way I can put on any more pounds and remain healthy, unless it is all muscle weight. My measured body fat is somewhere around 26% which is definitely NOT ideal... nor is it under fat. Best way to measure health is probably a combination of function (i.e. how you do on a treadmill), combined with your body fat measurement by using calipers on various body parts.

OP I think you can stand to lose 20 pounds to get to a more healthy weight. Based on your body frame your BMI is probably a bit exaggerated, but not enough to entirely write it off.
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Old 10-01-2010, 05:10 PM
Location: St. Louis
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I remember the 80's with amusement--we had a little test to see if you were overweight--could you pinch an inch? Yah, I think so, but what do I do with the rest of this blob they call my belly? Still, I think it was a more reliable test than the BMI.
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