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What the Hell Is “Overweight” Anyway?

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Let me begin by saying I’m a proponent for a healthy diet and lifestyle for everyone. However, I don’t agree a simple ratio of weight to height is the best or even the most honest measurement of health and fitness. At best, it is often misleading. At worst, it is woefully disingenuous. Either way, the discussion doesn’t do much for encouraging the public, in this case African American women, to live a lifestyle focused on overall health instead of narrowly obsessing over weight.

For example, a couple weeks ago a study published by the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine caused a minor uproar when the results of their findings showed young black girls’ bodies didn’t respond to physical activity the same way as young white girls. Over the course of the two-year study, teenage black girls were as likely to be obese regardless of their level of physical activity and calorie intake, while young white girls responded “better” to physical activity in warding off obesity. This was determined using their relative Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI, an arguably flawed measurement itself, is widely accepted as a cursory gauge of health and fitness by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although part of me awaits the inevitable study showing all studies are flawed, for argument’s sake, let’s assume the findings of this particular study are accurate. The study still doesn’t tell the whole story. For beginners, overweight encompasses a BMI of 25.0 – 29.9. Obesity on the other hand, is arbitrarily defined as a BMI of 30 or above, because someone somewhere decided that is when you are definitely fat. For context: with an obesity rate in the total population of almost 30%, America is the fattest nation in the world.

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For example, at an average height for women of 5’5 the BMI chart finds women overweight at 150lbs. This same woman would not be considered obese until she reached 180lbs. In my opinion, it’s misleading to lump all women into these related yet vastly different categories without proper context, especially since we have no real information on the health of these women beyond their weight and height. Accounting for my personal experience with any number of proportionately shaped 5’5 150lb women, I didn’t consider any of them overweight – and in fact, I went out of my way to be in their allegedly overweight presence.

Furthermore, we must consider the fact that Blacks only represent 13% of the population of this overweight country we proudly inhabit. At 72%, whites represent five times that amount. If 80% of black women and 60% of non-Hispanic white women are overweight or obese, there are almost four times as many overweight white women walking around (approximately 60 million compared to 15 million). This doesn’t remove the accountability for a healthy lifestyle from African American women; however, it does paint a more accurate picture than the news headlines from last week, which focused on drawing in page views and ad revenue.

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I am merely suggesting the nation collectively throws its overweight bodies in front of the bus the media insist we throw African American women under.  It’s also worth noting – although it was conveniently not noted in any of the news reports I read – that for 18 year old women considered overweight but not obese in 2010, the rates are 30% and 27% for black and white women, respectively. These percentages are noticeably closer but not as headline grabbing as the rates used.

When the news lazily champions a singular (and arguably flawed) system of measurement, the Body Mass Index, and selectively reports statistics under the guise of objective reporting, it breeds mistrust of those allegedly trying to help. Instead of focusing on headlines that engineer page views, maybe they should focus on delivering information that will actually help the health and fitness of the African American community. I am, of course, assuming that was ever really the goal.

What are your thoughts on studies like the one released last week? Does it help African Americans or perpetuate stereotypes? Is the Body Mass Index the most reliable means of measuring health and is it a measurement you personally use? Why or why not? In your opinion, based on the BMI measurements highlighted above, would women who fall in the ‘overweight’ category be considered any less desirable by the men of your culture?

Comment(40)

  1. As a black woman I find it offensive. I think this study is ridiculous! They don’t take into account the actual makeup of this weight. Yeah I weight more than Becky but I also have more muscle mass. I met a white woman who was my same height 5’7 and she weighed 10lbs less than me. Buuuut she had toothpick legs and a roundish midsection. I on the other hand have ars and thighs like the black women who run track (I ran track) and no excess weight around my midsection. She’s lighter but that weight distribution makes her more unhealthy than me. But they would rather focus on the fact that I a black woman outweighed Becky so I must be the unhealthy one right? Its unreliable to the fullest! I don’t rely on it and when a health professional trys to use it on me I laugh in their face. I fall into the overweight category but I am in no way over weight. Like I said before iv got the butt and thighs of a runner so men arnt complaining what so ever. My height helps me carry weight well and genetics put it in the right place. I can drop and gain twenty pounds and nobody even notices. That chart is for the birds. My body won’t allow me to drop down below 150 and if I ever reach 127 I promise I would look like death and be two steps from it. Sry for typos! I’m on my phone trying to get this in b4 I fall asleep. GOOD POST!

  2. I don't think overweight is a number on a scale. I think overweight is if your physical size limits your ability to perform the everyday tasks of your life. Obesity is having to cut out entire ranges of physicality because your size prohibits them. Healthy is being able to eat and enjoy food and still have your body's nutrients replenished and tended to. I don't look at a man and go "his BMI is 20.3!" I look at a man and go "he looks like he eats well and enjoys physical activities". When it comes to AA women the heart of our culture is being robust and healthy. Women are meant to be curvy. Black men are supposed to look at black women and think of healthy children. And even if I didn't have that belief I just like the way my body feels.

    1. I think the BMI scale would make a healthy vuluptuous woman feel her curves are gross and she needs to be shaped like an underweight ruler. That's not okay for black women. No grown woman should be mistaken for a strip of beef jerky decorated in chunky stilettos. Eat. Enjoy your food. Celebrate your body. Work out every now and then and maintain yourself. I really don't care if Tara Lynn and I can share jeans. I'm desirable to the right kind of man; no one is going to look at me and think 'dateable'. I genuinely think a woman's body dictates how a man perceives her sexuality and I'm happy to exude motherhood and children derived from his loins.

  3. As a black woman I find it offensive. I think this study is ridiculous! They don’t take into account the actual makeup of this weight. Yeah I weight more than Becky but I also have more muscle mass. I met a white woman who was my same height 5’7 and she weighed 10lbs less than me. Buuuut she had toothpick legs and a roundish midsection. I on the other hand have butt and thighs like the black women who run track (I ran track) and no excess weight around my midsection. She’s lighter but that weight distribution makes her more unhealthy than me. But they would rather focus on the fact that I a black woman outweighed Becky so I must be the unhealthy one right? Its unreliable to the fullest! I don’t rely on it and when a health professional trys to use it on me I laugh in their face. I fall into the overweight category but I am in no way over weight. Like I said before iv got the butt and thighs of a runner so men arnt complaining what so ever. My height helps me carry weight well and genetics put it in the right place. I can drop and gain twenty pounds and nobody even notices. That chart is for the birds. My body won’t allow me to drop down below 150 and if I ever reach 127 I promise I would look like death and be two steps from it. Sry for typos! I’m on my phone trying to get this in b4 I fall asleep. GOOD POST!

  4. LOL….

    This chart isnt that far off, really. Im 6'0 and 203….over weight? Yes…then once you account for the fact that my body fat is roughly 11%, then I'm fine. As opposed to the person who is 5'5 and 202……they HAVE to have a much higher % of muscle than fat.

    With women, thats usually where the problem lies. Most of the time, sistas really ARE obese. And it doesnt have anything to do with the BMI Charts. It has everything to do with bad eating habits, Societal influences and Cultural influences. All the way at the bottom of the rational is medical issues.

    For every "in-shape" and " sista that we see..there are most likely gonna be 5 or 6 that are actually gonna be overweight. It doesnt even matter WHERE the weight or fat is. Overweight is overweight. I mean…if we are gonna compare sistas and white girls, then lets compare them. We can't use two seperate "charts" to evaluate them. Those are double standards…and as we know, that is a no no.

    1. It does "matter" where the weight is though. Weight around your midsection is more dangerous to your health, than weight in your hips, thighs, and butt. In order for a comparison to be accurate, all related factors have to be discussed. I agree that AA (women in this case) should strive for healthy living, but it simply isn't fair to say because I'm not shaped or built like someone else, I cannot possibly be taking care of myself. Its damaging and just untrue

      1. Huh?

        You cant just take one sentence out of the comment to dissect and totally ignore the premise of the comment. IT doesnt matter where the weight is in terms of ..well..its STILL THERE. Whether its in your stomach, legs or thighs, its not supposed to be there anyway.

        Ive seen this thing happen too many times with sistas that Ive worked with to know otherwise. Overweight is overweight, no matter how you slice it, dice it or whatever. There arent factors that need to be taken into account because it all basically boils down to the same thing.

        Nobody is saying anything damaging…what Im saying is VERY true. most sistas just dont want to get themselves together..because if they did, then they would. We ALL know that if you want something bad enough, then you will do it. So since the sistas we are talking about arent doing it, then obviously, they dont want to.

  5. What are your thoughts on studies like the one released last week?
    Like most studies, I don’t pay much attention, they cherry pick statistics for shock value.

    Does it help African Americans or perpetuate stereotypes? Is the Body Mass Index the most reliable means of measuring health and is it a measurement you personally use?
    I don’t think it does either. This is what we’ve become as a SOCdETY, women work so they come home with McDonalds, kids don’t exercise, everyone is a hater and cant tell you nothing bout your body…and here we are today. The BMI is hogwash, look at dudes like Trent Richardson or women built like Ice T’s wife, the scale calls them overweight but would you say they are.

    Why or why not? In your opinion, based on the BMI measurements
    highlighted above, would women who fall in the ‘overweight’ category be considered
    any less desirable by the men of your culture.

    What the charts call overweight, our culture calls “thick”. If anything they are more desirable (even though i seen some blow the hell up after kids, buyer beware). Especially in AA women weight goes to hips, thighs, ass so while big they’re still curvy while a white woman of same height and weight end up with bigger arms and belly.

  6. Ive been saying for years that BMI is a joke! The proper way to measure is by taking your waist measure ment and your body fat and your weight. that way you know more data about your overall fitness.

    Stop using BMI people! Get body fat tested, and get physicals so that you know how well you are doing internally (Blood Pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc)
    My recent post #BeTheBetter Fitness Log: Entry 4

    1. "get physicals so that you know how well you are doing internally (Blood Pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc)" Exactly Streetz
      If your a person with a naturally high metabolism and you eat a lot and don't gain weight you being skinny with little body fat is irrelevant. You can still be unhealthy if you don't eat right.__My grandmom is skinny as hell. She looks good actually. However she has some type of illness where she is allergic to glutton and is on a glutton free diet, hence the reason for so much weight loss. Her dr.'s have warned her that she is losing weight at a very unhealthy rate. She also has an illness where no matter what she eats the food has no nutritional value for her because of the way her body processes it. So even though she is very thin, and possibly below the BMI for her normal weight, she is far from healthy.__Your overall health is the most important thing.

  7. Personally, i take the whole BMI scale with a pinch of salt. You cant expect a girl from China that is my height and age to be propertionally equal to me!! I agree with your opinion "that it’s misleading to lump all women into these related yet vastly different categories without proper context, especially since we have no real information on the health of these women beyond their weight and height."

    I prefer to use the BMR- Basal Metabolic Rate calculator when it comes to these issues and the old good "these jeans are cutting me!!!" approach when it comes to matters of weight! As much obesity, etc are a matter of national concern- my weight is my concern so i stay out of other peoples lanes when it pertains to how they handle their bodies! Just make sure you own that body, no matter what its size!

  8. (this is a continuation)
    Living in Africa- it used to be that if you were "thicker", you were and at times still are considered very healthy! It was perceived that you come from a good family with enough money for food! lol! Also with the prevelance of HIV/AIDS it was (and still is in some places) seen that thinner girls are suffering from the dreaded disease thats why they are skinny! LOL! ( Cue Phat Chicks or whatever this stupid movie called)
    Well now, since we have joined on the Western bandwagon, black people are getting more active but i dont think its as big a problem as it is in the West. Guys still want to see a big butt, big thighs but the round belly.. is losing popularity! Good post!!

  9. "BMI, an arguably flawed measurement itself…"

    Arguably? Undoubtedly. I'm obese, according to the BMI. Yet when I'm working out, I have random guys coming up to me asking me for training advice, and random women staring, flirting and trying to touch my chest and arms.

    Google a picture of Reggie Bush or Adrian Peterson. They are both on the high end of overweight. That's all that needs to be said about BMI.

  10. When I weighed 120 pounds, which this chart considers "normal" for my height, my nick name was "rexie". I looked absolutely crazy. While I can certainly lose some pounds I will never go below 130 pounds and even that's pushing it.

  11. "I am merely suggesting the nation collectively throws its overweight bodies in front of the bus the media insists we throw African American women under. "

    God Bless You for that statement right there. We are so quick to destroy Black women, just read the comments for proof. We are not the American problem, we are just a small group of Americans with the same problems as everyone else. We're just more comfortable letting everyone else know we hate our own kind.

  12. That study about Black women was dumb as hell. They didn't factor in a major MAJOR MAJOR difference in white people and black people, diet. I realized this a long time ago, you'll be at work right… and it's time for lunch. Black people will go and eat like a church dinner, white people will eat green peppers and go back to work. Our diets from birth to adulthood are very different, or should I say have been very different. You have to think about how many calories and fat you putting into your body and how hard it is to burn that.

    Overall thoughts on this topic, I try and stay out of it for the most part. Everybody should define these things for themselves. I have my own personal definition and that's what I rock out on. Dead ass we can't be calling anyone overweight with the types of worldstar uncut addictions we have. Plus, it's just bad business for people who aren't having weight issues to jump in the conversation, you know? Imagine me at a table trying to have this conversation… I would be so out of place.

    1. I don't think this was your point, but I want to be clear that I brought this story up BECAUSE I believe this study – like so many others – is flawed. Well, the study itself might be fine but the conclusions drawn are ridiculous. As a statistician told me once, "numbers don't lie…unless you ask them to." I have a personal interest in pointing out the inaccuracies in studies and statistics because that's what I do for a living and it's just an easier (perhaps even selfish) transition. I think people who have paid attention will notice I've done a number of write-ups about flawed methodologies and poor representation, especially in the media or what they call "news". Once you look at the methodology, it's often pretty comical what they report as news based on any number of "studies."

    2. lol @ church dinner vs green peppers!! So true. We are the ones lined up at the microwave and they will have eaten their salads before we warm our food for the 3rd time! smh

  13. I think BMI is a lay metric used by many physicians as a catch all measurement when making an assertion on your overall health. It's more or less a lazy test they do if none of the other tests are going to be administered.

    For the most part, if your own personal physician or family doctor knows you work out and you have more muscle than fat then they will be the first to tell you that the BMI measurement is basically a joke. I believe, however, the reality of the situation is most of doctor's patients probably dont work out and they need to show a patient something (a goal…begin with the end in mind) to work toward. So basically I hypothesize that doctors will use the BMI chart for motivational weight loss purposes for out of shape individuals, lol.

  14. The study is ridiculous solely because it seems to be underhandedly saying AA girls/women are responsible for the "obesity crisis." Obviously it doesn't say that explicitly, but here are the results. I recently participated in a walk for the National Kidney Foundation, and their BMI scale was different than the one used at my Dr.'s office, which is different than the one used at my gym. Though, BMI is not a good indicator of "weight danger" the main point is that many AA women feel pressure to be healthy but curvy–not too curvy–thick, but curvy enough. It's stupid. Genetics, what you eat, and physical activity determine all of that stuff. A healthy diet and exercise is a healthy diet and exercise whether you weight in 3 months or 9 months, your body is changing and becoming healthier. People care too much about what other people think and not enough about taking care of themselves. As far as being attractive to men and being overweight, depends on the men or women. Just like with anything else.

  15. I don't find the BMI scale offensive because I don't pay attention to it at all. The only person who knows my weight is my Dr (who says I'm healthy), the only person who knows my bodyfat % is my trainer, and the only person who knows my size is my tailor (because I have to get everything altered). I couldn't give a flying fudge what some stranger with a chart says about me.
    If someone asks, I just ask them very sweetly, "why would you like to know?" just like I do for all offensive questions 🙂

  16. BMI was created by a mathematician for crying out loud! It's a random formula that uses your height and mass to decide whether you're over weight… According to BMI, I've been overweight my entire life… And yet, I've always been an athlete. Even last year when training and running in a HALF MARATHON, I was in the overweight category by a few pounds. I would look emaciated if I was in the "normal" weight category. So boo to that. Other numbers (such as your blood pressure, cholesterol, etc) are MUCH better indicators of your overall health than some arbitrary numbers a scale tells you.

    As for this study, I saw a response to it via Time Healthland the other day. It certainly doesn't take many things into consideration, such as access to proper nutrition and food sources. Food deserts in urban and rural neighborhoods are REAL. We really have to think about it… Why does soda cost less than water? Although I don't drink soda, sometimes I have to ask myself… Do I REALLY want to pay $1.25 for something that comes out the faucet, when I can buy a can of ginger ale for 75 cents?

    I'm also VERY tired of studies focusing on black women like we're some sort of science experiment. Between us being on the bottom of the dating totem pole, to saying young black girls can't lose weight like their white female counterparts… These are VERY damaging, and quite frankly, I'm kinda over it. Yes studies are useful because they help us find solutions to problems and bring things to the public eye that nobody might otherwise care about… But what kinds of solutions does it bring to say young black girls don't lose weight like their white counterparts when you neglect the social determinants of health that are part of the explanation for what you just wrote? It serves no purpose.

    Good article though and thanks for sharing!

  17. BMI is a joke. it really all boils down to healthy living and eating. there are many different ways you can carry your weight. you can heavy set and eat just about as healthy as anyone while working out regularly. you can also be very thin and have terrible eating habits while never working out. which one of the two lives a healthier life? looks can definitely be misleading. thin people can get heart attacks as well.
    My recent post Take Me Back to 1953

    1. "What are your thoughts on studies like the one released last week? Does it help African Americans or perpetuate stereotypes?"

      another "study" that seems to perpetuate black inferiority. why am i not surprised? you can skew any study to say what you want. i wonder exactly who published these results.
      My recent post Take Me Back to 1953

      1. True. I didn't put this in the write-up on purpose, but based on your background, you will know that it's usually frowned upon to even compare two populations as disproportionate in size as blacks/whites without controlling for qualifiers and outliers. I do know focusing on black/white issues garners page views, so it is what it is. Quite frankly, the sure size of the non-Hispanic white population masks any number of issues these studies pretend they are exempt from.

        This is roughly the equivalent of comparing China to the USA and concluding there are more intelligent people in China than the USA based on IQ tests without even giving mention to the fact that China is 3.5 times larger. Naturally, I have my theories on why these types of studies continue to be churned out but I'll keep those to myself.

  18. The eye test with a few variations are fine for defining overweightness…

    As for the BMI & other weight definitions… I just wish I invented it 7 caked off it first

  19. As an african american who works in the healthcare industry, the BMI is definitely a flawed system. It is severely outdated and not the most cohesive measure of someone's health. I wanted to say that it should be noted that obesity is really killing our african american communities. Kids are showing up with Type 2 diabetes in elementary school and that is a serious public health issue. There are many issues (mostly related to the social economic status of most minorites which is another topic), we as a community need to really encourage a better healthy eating lifestyle. It is sad when I see people going to McDonalds every day for lunch or to the local carry out for "mambo sauce and fried chicken wings." There is a mis-conception that healthy living costs more money, but if you know how to shop it really doesn't. We need to go back to the days when grandma and grandpa taught kids how to grow their own foods or understanding the value of getting fresh veggies/fruits from the local farmer's market.

    1. Back to the social economic impace, I would recommend anyone who really wants to see how much of an impact this has on our community, there is a documentary called, "Is social inequality making me sick" which digs into this from a deeper standpoint from unnaturalcause.org….

  20. I've gotten got by the BMI scales before…until one day I was simultaneously on a scale while standing in front of a mirror and confused at what the scale told me vs. what I was looking at. Obesity is obvious. Being overweight is more of a grey area, but people's body's tell them what they don't want to hear…and they ignore it. Hail to a basic scale, healthy eating, and working out.
    My recent post Give Me Free: The Motivation Behind My Lifestyle Change

    1. That BMI scale been torturing my soul since middle school. So glad I can discard it once and for all because of the flawed logic, and not my hurt feelings, lol.

  21. I went to a park yesterday and since I am a people I do notice that SOME Black women do need to take an objective look in the mirror. Based on a number of factors, I don't think they think they should exercise and eat right. Even sadder is the fact that the baby girls are starting off wrong. Fast forward and there will be serious health implications for these young girls. I have children and hold myself to a high standard. I want to like what I see when I am naked and I look in the mirror. When my pants are a bit snug, I notice. I fast and/or work out a bit more. I could always do more, but I am happy that I have found a balance. I know ME. I don't want to feel like I felt when I was pregnant everyday…that sucks!

    Now, I am not agreeing with the flawed BMI system, HOWEVER, I don't need a chart to tell me I need to eat right and work out. I could care less about that chart. I know how I should feel. I know how much I should weigh.

    1. " I want to like what I see when I am naked and I look in the mirror."

      Word. A 30-minute shower will turn into two hours in the bathroom because of a mirror and acoustics.

      The health of children begans with mothers. When my body tells me 'hey! lets have a baby!' it automatically causes me to be conscious of my health. Eating better, fresher foods, organic things. Meh. Let's lie and say I work out as I used to. The point is, it starts with the mother and after a healthy baby pops out she passes that heathy lifestyle to her children. If your child has diabetes at the age of three……

      That's obesity. If you HAVE to sit at the park while your kids play. That's obesity. That's not the same as loving the curves of your body and embracing our culture.

  22. I found this chart on the web a few years ago. It is a bunch of photos showing a range of heights and weights. http://www.cockeyed.com/photos/bodies/heightweigh

    There are not too many minorities on there, but it is still a good way to gauge the random person on the street. I select more on size than on weight. My two no-nos are 1) She better have a gut smaller than mine and 2) She better wear underwear smaller than me. Everything else is fine!

  23. Think about this: when you apply for life insurance, the insurance companies typically require that you undergo a physical of some kind. The cost of your life insurance will depend upon your degree of healthiness. Guess what will have a big ass impact on how you're rated and, therefore, on how much your life insurance will cost? BMI, baby! Let's talk about how this stacks the cards against Black folks who are perfectly healthy, have no excessive flab or unnecessary jiggle, and appear to be fit enough to get into, look damn good, and be comfortable in their jeans, but whose life insurance premium is going to be higher because they fall out of bounds on that dumb ass BMI chart! So, guess who can't afford life insurance now? And guess whose children are likely to be standing there broke after mom's funeral? This ish is deep, systemic, and will continue to affect generations . . .

  24. The way that reports can entirely skew the reality of the situation is out of control. Like, did they control for environmental factors? Family diet? Availability of healthy food sources? Level of activity in schools? There are so many factors that externally contribute to obesity culture that it is impossible to view "white" versus "black" weight issues when there are so many socioeconomic and geographic factors to account for. At best, that's an amateurish mistake – at worst, that's intentionally bad application of social science research tactics.

    I'm also supremely tired of the "black women are less <insert heteronormative positive gender attribute here>" narrative – I get it, you need the page views, but I'm past outrage and am now just annoyed. I almost wish we would stop voicing our displeasure about it so that they would shut up don't do that though because I secretly love to rant .

    With regards to BMI, that's pretty much universally panned at this point. Every body is unique and the number on a scale isn't an indicator of physical fitness at all. Laila Ali's sitting pretty at 180 – go 'head and tell her she's out of shape. Same for Serena Williams, and a bunch of other female athletes with a lot of muscle mass. With that said, don't use this fact as a crutch to defend your current unhealthy status. If you don't have fair to decent eating habits and havent seen physical activity since the Clinton administration, the "BMI isn't a valid measurement" argument falls null and void to me. It's like when people tell me about how there are "skinny fat" people or overweight people that do triathlones – it's like, true, but how does that apply to you?

    Moral of the story: focus on your own health and being the best version of yourself you can. Don't let anybody set those parameters for you – make a long-term commitment to bettering yourself, and the rest will slowly, but surely, fall into place.

    1. "Like, did they control for environmental factors? Family diet? Availability of healthy food sources? Level of activity in schools"?

      Those are all a bunch of excuses. In addition to food, Black folks are the largest media consumers in the US. There are public service announcements all over the radio and TV plus Print ads on public transportation and in schools. After a while it's just poor decision making. How many of us see a woman who's three bills and some change and thinks, "Aww, I guess her environmental factors could have been better"? Most people wonder why she can't just go run around the block and lay off the Fanta.

  25. I don’t pay attention to BMI or the scale. According to BMI, I am so morbidly obese, I’m off this chart, by far. According to the scale, I outweigh most people i meet, even overweight men. And I’m fit and eat healthy. My body does this weird thing, when I lose fat, my body quickly replaces it with muscle so my weight stays the same or goes up. So I’m shimmer, and heavier. It’s gotten funny, ive baffled doctors and trainers. I currently weigh 265. Proud of it.

    The point is. some peoples bodies don’t react the same to diet and exercise. That’s what the study says. We should pay attention to that and look at blood sugar, heart rate, cholesterol, waist measurements.

  26. I don't know about the BMI. I have struggled with weight forever and recently, after YEARS, hit "normal" BMI. It was pretty awesome for me, who'd been worried about it, but friends and family thought I looked a bit TOO skinny. Like, my frame was meant to have a bit more meat on it. Your body does take a while to adjust to your new weight and sometimes, you can look a bit strange at first when losing weight. I enjoyed buying smaller sizes, but the effort to maintain that level also made me wonder if that wasn't my body's "normal" state.

    Anyway, I've gained a bit with my new bf, as often happens. He doesn't care; actually LIKES the more meat on my bones. I'm a little freaked, because I don't want a significant other to mean significant weight gain. So I'm nipping it in the bud and on my way back down the scale. But even I know that the focus on weight can become an unhealthy obsession. Maybe I'll be "normal" BMI, or maybe I'll be on the bottom of overweight. But I'm trying to make peace with the body I have. It's the only one I've got and I look dang good, lol. 🙂

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