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My bmi says Im JUST overweight but I don’t feel I look overweight and in fact I’m very slim on my top half, slightly heavier on my bottom half (pear shaped). I go to the gym and have recently done a lot more for my muscles in terms of weights. Can I trust bmi? Is it not taking into account other things eg. Muscle, size of bones, weight distribution etc
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We need pics to determine
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(Original post by Anonymous)
We need pics to determine
Put it this way- I’m quite curvy but you can see my ribs without me breathing in, I’m small chested, and my hips are quite wide anyway and my thighs are quite thick. Not sure if I want to post a photo!
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Oh, I wouldn't worry about this. I'll never forget my friend fuming because he found out he is "obese" according to the BMI calculator and he is a guy who lives in the gym, is muscular and toned and is in no way obese! I couldn't stop laughing, because it was just so ridiculous to suggest he is obese. I think the BMI calculator is useful in certain ways, but it's also a pain in the bum because we tend to read into it too much. As you said, muscle weight needs to be taken into account. You'd know if you were overweight, so I would ignore it. All that matters is that you feel good in your body. Until the ground shakes when you walk or you can't fit through a doorway, you've no need to panic!
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Nah it won't account for the extra muscle mass you're gaining. Muscle weighs more than fat as well. Ignore the BMI, it's useless in most cases anyway if you're already going to the gym.
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My bmi says Im JUST overweight but I don’t feel I look overweight and in fact I’m very slim on my top half, slightly heavier on my bottom half (pear shaped). I go to the gym and have recently done a lot more for my muscles in terms of weights. Can I trust bmi? Is it not taking into account other things eg. Muscle, size of bones, weight distribution etc
If you're a 'normal' person, i.e. not pregnant, an athlete or somehow else an outlier, then BMI is a good ballpark for whether or not you're a healthy weight. If you're in the overweight category, then yes - you might be getting what we would normally call 'fat'. So it's important not to put any more weight on.

All this stuff about 'BMI is useless' is nonsense. It is an accurate measure for the vast majority of the UK population, hence its widespread use.
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