Weight Loss Support - When will you not be OBESE anymore?

12-29-2007, 06:43 AM
Well, here I am actually slightly happy about my weight. See, let me explain...

I'm 5'1 and started at a hefty 214. I'm now down to 187, (was 184 before the holidays!)

In my mind I want to get down to about 140. Even on my small frame I think I'll still look pretty good.

Well, I checked out the BMI calculator and I need to get down to 158 before I'm technically not considered obese anymore. To think, less than 30 pounds away and I won't be called OBESE anymore! I can't even remember the last time that was true, I think I was in 5th grade!

So, yes my goal is still 140, but for now my eye is on the prize of only being 'slightly overweight'. 158 here I come!

12-29-2007, 06:47 AM
Oh, BTW, I've already dropped from MORBIDLY OBESE down to SEVERELY OBESE. LOL. LIke that really makes it sound any better.......:p

12-29-2007, 07:24 AM
For me, I have to get down to 179 to be technically considered just 'overweight'. My goal is 150 which is still 'technically' overweight but that's the weight where I think I will be healthy, toned, but with my much-loved curves.

12-29-2007, 07:26 AM
I did another calculation and just discovered that if I get down to 149, that would be considered my 'normal' weight! LOL 1 lb!

12-29-2007, 11:25 AM
I had no idea what my BMI was until i saw this post.. at the moment it is 52.6... for me to be considered just 'overweight', if i understand it right, it needs to be 29.9 or lower.. for that to happen i need to lose 129 lbs.. i was planning on losing 18 lbs more than that anyhow, but my gosh i have a long time till im just 'overweight' .. i best get hoppin lol

12-29-2007, 11:51 AM
BMI is a helpful tool -- and you better believe I cheered when I made it to just "obese" and then "overweight"! But, it is a basic tool that only considers height and weight... not fitness, or health, or muscle mass. Many athletes with a lot of muscle are obese by BMI standards! I had a period of three months when I started lifting weight more seriously when my weight didn't changed but I went down a clothing size. I lost fat but gained muscle but BMI didn't change.

So, don't overly fret about the BMI, especially as you get closer to goal I think it's less meaningful..

12-29-2007, 12:03 PM
For me to not be obese I need to get to 174. For me to not be overweight I need to hit 145 and that's the high end of normal. My goal right now is 150. So I guess I'll still be considered overweight. I'll reevaluate once I get there but that's how the numbers look.

12-29-2007, 12:04 PM
Holy cow. I should be from 108-142 to be "normal". That seems low to me. Wow!

12-29-2007, 06:00 PM
My current goal weight is set to be no longer obese then I will re-evaluate. I think the lowest I will go will be the high end of normal - I've never been as low as that all my adult life. I moved from morbidly obese to just obese a couple of weeks back for the first time in 8 years.


12-29-2007, 06:10 PM
At 180, I will be overweight. The lowest I've ever been is 135 but I am shooting for 114.5

12-29-2007, 06:20 PM
I get dangerously close to obese - but I have a lot of muscle from 2 years of weight training. At the moment I am still in the overweight category. I think I have to be 145 or less to be considered "normal".

12-30-2007, 07:22 AM
Gina - like Heather mentioned, if you have a lot of muscle mass then don't worry about your BMI number, because it's probably skewed. You seem to be doing amazing, congrats!

12-30-2007, 12:57 PM
Thanks - you ain't doin so bad yerself. :D

01-01-2008, 07:47 PM
FoodObsessed - 114.5 pounds on a 5'6" tall woman? That seems kinda low.

01-01-2008, 08:45 PM
FoodObsessed--yeah, according to the BMI charts, that's pretty close to underweight. Do you have small bones? :)


01-01-2008, 08:59 PM
I was just talking to hubby about that. I am still considered obese by the scale. I won't be overweight until 162. He thought that was ridiculous, since I am pretty fit for a fattie LOL!

I also agree with him.

01-02-2008, 10:07 AM
For me personally to be considered by the BMI scale of no longer being obese is 196 so a few more pound for me to lose before I get there. I am so looking forward to reaching that figure as I started off as morbidly obese, they are nice milestones to head toward during your weight loss journey.

01-02-2008, 10:54 AM
Well right now I'm "Severely Obese." :(

I'll be...
"Only" Obese- 247
Overweight- 185
Healthy- 154-118 :D

My dream goal is 145. Idk why, it just sounds good..... Even though it's kinda in the high end of the healthy range, I hope to have more muscle (which of course weighs more). ;)

01-02-2008, 09:15 PM
I need to get to 208 to be just "Overweight" and then to 173 to be "Normal".

01-02-2008, 09:22 PM
at 199 I'll be overweight. 165 for healthy

01-02-2008, 09:58 PM
I have to drop to 169 before I am no longer obese. I can't weight! It also happens to be my Easter Goal Weight :)

01-03-2008, 12:02 AM
sock monkey, I also have around 20 lbs to be no longer obese

Shy Moment
01-03-2008, 12:08 AM
According to 3fc bmi at 149 I am no longer obese. At 123 I am normal. Heck I didn't know I was " Normal " even at 120 lol.

01-03-2008, 11:59 AM
174 I will be just over weight and not obese. Ack...I didnt realize I had went back up TO obese status. Thats unsettling :( Hurry up 174, eh?!?! I have to be 145 to not be considered overweight...however I feel amazing at 150-155 so when I get there I'll be thrilled! :)

01-03-2008, 09:52 PM
Interesting thread.
Well I've found that I need to lose 12 pounds and I will leave behind the tag 'obese'... I will then have to wallow in 'overweight' until I lose a further 30 pounds... its going to be a long road... but hopefully I should make it!

01-05-2008, 12:20 AM
shy moment, you are the same height as me, us shorties got a long way to go huh, that is what www.myfooddiary.com tells me about 149 to become overweight, I am looking at April 1st, (in my head) but in reality I need to step my game up, how have you come down 40 lbs?
how long did it take?

01-05-2008, 12:41 AM
Hm. According to my BMI, obesity for me is at 30, and I am 29.9.

Right now, I'm just your good old fashioned overweight. Whoo!

01-05-2008, 02:02 AM
Those BMI labels are so cruel. I moved from "severe obesity" to plain "obesity" and had a minor celebration. Then, when I moved from "obesity" to "overweight" I was thrilled.

I am now just twenty pounds away from the high end of normal.

Normal, here I come!

01-05-2008, 06:46 PM
10 more lbs to go - I need to be 185 to be overweight.


01-06-2008, 01:18 AM
I was so incredibly pumped when I went from being "Overweight" to "Healthy". But honestly, I don't take those BMIs too seriously. I used it as a rough estimate for my goal weight. (130 is approximately in the middle of my target range, according to BMI) But other than that, I think it's over rated.

C'mon now, Brat Pitt is considered overweight according to that scale! BRAD PITT!!!!

01-07-2008, 02:31 PM
Right now my BMI is 45.9 - so that makes me morbidly obese. My weight range is 125-164, so I split the difference and my goal is 140. My body frame is on the small size, even though I am tall. I also based my goal on my mother; she has never had problems with her weight and hovers right around 150. She is 2 inches taller than me and her frame is larger. So I figure my goal of 140 is just about right. The last time I was 140 was when I was in 7th grade! I have been the same height since then as well, so I think that's about right. Of course, I also want to gain some muscle, so that goal is somewhat loose; I know that my muscle may make my weight higher. That's okay with me, I just want to be fit and healthy.

01-07-2008, 02:42 PM
Holy cow. I should be from 108-142 to be "normal". That seems low to me. Wow! :mad: :dizzy: :^:

I think the BMI is ridiculous, for the reasons already mentioned. It doesn't take into account muscle mass, general body composition, lifestyle, fitness level etc.!

01-07-2008, 08:04 PM
I am currently at 35.9. To be 'normal', I will have to weigh 179 altho my BMI will be at the top of the 'normal' chart then. Sigh.

01-08-2008, 10:15 AM
:mad: :dizzy: :^:

I think the BMI is ridiculous, for the reasons already mentioned. It doesn't take into account muscle mass, general body composition, lifestyle, fitness level etc.!

I agree with you that BMI is an awful way for people to measure themselves.
my BMI is 31.4...that's "obese" ..I am comfortably fitting into size 10s and 12s at every store i go to..my measurements make me feel merely "overweight" I'm in the process of reevaluating my goals because 135 is more than likely too small for my frame with the muscle i've put on, even though i was 135 in high school and 135 would put me in the high end of "normal" .. i think that if i can reach 135 it's going to be way too skinny at the rate that i'm dropping inches, though i know that that will slow down eventually.

01-08-2008, 11:22 AM
The BMI scales are purposely broad to try to take into account different body frames. That said, they are still not the best measure. At most they are a rough guide.

Certainly most NFL football players would come out as "obese" on the standard BMI scale, so it's easy to see that BMI is not a measure of fitness.