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BMI isn't an accurate tool? - September 18th 2012, 07:30 AM

According to my BMI I am either slightly overweight or almost overweight. I hate when I go to the doctor and hear this. I have an eating disorder (bulimia) and I find that hearing/seeing my weight is a trigger, so I don't weigh myself any more.

I'm at most a [EDIT] in pants and a small-medium in shirts. I am 5'4.5 tall and I usually wear a [EDIT] in dressed too. A prom dress I'm almost an [EDIT](it's rather lose though, so I'm probably a size smaller). I have very large breasts though. I wear a [EDIT] in bras. I feel like BMI isn't an accurate way to tell if I'm overweight or not.

Am I right or just being stupid? Also I shrunk half a foot (I used to be 5'5). Could that be because of my eating disorder?

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Re: BMI isn't an accurate tool? - September 18th 2012, 04:30 PM

These concerns can all be discussed with a doctor. I've heard that BMI's are NOT accurate. And judging what you've mentioned here, it appears not to be. However, me not being a doctor, I can't know for sure. Especially about your lack of growth. These are all things that need to be discussed with your doctor. I find it triggering to see my weight as well as my BMI. Maybe try not to focus on these things quite as much. Meaning, don't look at your weight or BMI. Especially if it's more of a trigger for you. The best way to make sure in a healthy weight range is by asking your doctor. They can account for all sorts of different factors such as: height, weight, diet, muscle mass, etc. They can tell you if you're in a healthy weight range without even telling you your weight. I would go ahead and talk to your doctor


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Re: BMI isn't an accurate tool? - September 18th 2012, 05:39 PM

I have heard this as well, but as we are not professionals we can’t give you advice other than to just ask your doctor. I am sure if your doctor was concerned with your weight by now they would have mentioned something. And if they haven’t mentioned something and you feel they should look into it then just tell them you are worried about your weight. I am sure they would be happy to go over anything you are concerned with.




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Re: BMI isn't an accurate tool? - September 18th 2012, 07:04 PM

According to BMI -- I'm overweight, However I have virtually no body fat on my body. Muscle weighs more then Fat. The system has its flaws.


   
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Re: BMI isn't an accurate tool? - September 19th 2012, 02:25 AM

BMI is a very flaws metric. It has its uses when looking at populations, but on an individual basis, it's an extremely poor tool.


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Re: BMI isn't an accurate tool? - September 20th 2012, 09:20 AM

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BMI can be accurate on certain individual. The thing is, BMI DOESN'T distinguish between body fat and body muscle. I know someone who is double the BMI and weight she is suppose to be according to BMI. However, if you looked at her, you would say she is 'slim' because she works at and therefore has a high percentage of body muscle; not fat. So even though her BMI calculation comes out as overweight, she definitely is not, overweight.

I also suggest you see your doctor about any concerns and and help you want. If you want help in becoming a healthy weight, they can help you with that.

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Re: BMI isn't an accurate tool? - September 20th 2012, 09:41 AM

Some people, including myself have been turned down for the military academies because we were considered "overweight". Frankly, if I was carrying around a bunch of extra fat, that's one thing, but in order for me to have made their weight, I would have had to give up muscle. I guess they just don't want naturally athletic men as officers in the military!!! Go figure.
   
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