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dudesmom
08-11-2010, 05:37 PM
As of this morning's weigh in, I have lost 15 lbs in the past month. I decided to check my BMI on a BMI calculator, and it said that I am "morbidly obese". I had never thought of myself as morbidly obese before, which is not a nice thought, and this followed a day of horrible eating (which hasn't quite stopped yet!). I always knew I was obese, but the morbid part came as a shock, and it's just really disheartening today. I'm pretty close to the edge or morbidly obese, on the verge of being just obese, which I guess is a good thing. I don't know, maybe because of my mindset today I am just not in a place for news like this. Sorry for the downer of a post, but I needed to get this off of my chest so I don't throw myself a pity party for the rest of the day. Thanks for letting me vent. Now time to get moving/hydrating/on with my life.


beerab
08-11-2010, 06:58 PM
Eh- screw the scale- it says I'm morbidly obese also but I don't feel that way- specially when all my lab results come out great. I even had a glucose test done and I'm not pre-diabetic- so BOOO YOU BMI SCALE!

tea2
08-11-2010, 07:10 PM
I will move from obese to overweight in two more pounds. 177-175. 175 is 30 pounds overweight, according to the chart for my height. 31 pounds overweight is obese. That seems a bit insane to me too, but I'm still using it as a roughish guideline.


Vladadog
08-11-2010, 07:33 PM
I was kinda shocked to discover I was morbidly obese (and had been for at least a decade....) - I sure didn't feel morbid or *that* obese either. Now I'm severely obese and only a few pounds away from just being plain old obese.

It's all just fat as far as I'm concerned and I'm working on it the best I can!

Shmead
08-11-2010, 07:40 PM
There's a difference between socially and medically morbidly obese. Socially, "morbidly obese" is someone who can't walk anymore and has to use a scooter; medically, "morbidly obese" means you are at a weight that will almost certainly cause a person to develop serious, debilitating health problems if left untreated.

Your BMI is medical information, and you should take it seriously--but you already are, if you are here. It says nothing about your appearance, your worth as a person, etc.

dragonwoman64
08-11-2010, 08:19 PM
"Since Body Fat Percentage calculations use total body weight and not estimates of lean muscle mass and fat, BMI can not determine between the overweight and the more muscular. Use our Body Fat Calculator and Waist to Hip Ratio Calculator in combination with our BMI Calculator for a more accurate view of your body fat."

http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmi-classification/bmi-obesity-class-2-information.php

http://www.halls.md/body-mass-index/bmi.htm

you might be interested to look at this.

astrophe
08-11-2010, 08:38 PM
Try to keep it in perspective.

It's no different than your age, height, gender... all this stuff is part of your medical profile. While you want to pay attention and manage your health needs so you are improving and getting healthier... neither do you want to get all crazy bingey over it.

We all start somewhere and knowing that... we all move forward.

GL!
A.

Eliana
08-11-2010, 10:25 PM
I had just stepped into morbid obesity when I started this journey, and was thrilled to step right back out of it. I know there's the whole muscle throws off BMI calculations bit, but when I was morbidly obese...I was truly morbidly obese. And I needed that wake up call.

I don't ever want to go back there. :no:

This is a time in your life than you can leave, and it won't take long either. I think getting out of morbid obesity would be a terrific mini goal. ;)

Crush
08-11-2010, 11:35 PM
i just did the BMI calculator. I was suprised that it said I should be at 115 to 120 lbs at my height age, and body frame. I have always been heavier than I look. Before I had kids I was 160 and looked like a twig at 5 ft 5. Most people guess I am around 230 and I am 300 now. Where am I putting the weight?!

bex
08-12-2010, 07:03 AM
I was morbidly obese when I started according to my BMI. I was so so gutted and never really thought of myself that way. It got me down for a while and then I realised that I am doing something about it and it will quickly go down!
Funny how excited I was when I was just obese lol.

You will get there hun. Dont let it get you down. x

Eliana
08-12-2010, 08:48 AM
i just did the BMI calculator. I was suprised that it said I should be at 115 to 120 lbs at my height age, and body frame. I have always been heavier than I look. Before I had kids I was 160 and looked like a twig at 5 ft 5. Most people guess I am around 230 and I am 300 now. Where am I putting the weight?!

Really? That seems awfully darn low at 5'5". I wouldn't put much stock in that. :no:

tinycities
08-12-2010, 09:13 AM
There's a difference between socially and medically morbidly obese. Socially, "morbidly obese" is someone who can't walk anymore and has to use a scooter; medically, "morbidly obese" means you are at a weight that will almost certainly cause a person to develop serious, debilitating health problems if left untreated.

Your BMI is medical information, and you should take it seriously--but you already are, if you are here. It says nothing about your appearance, your worth as a person, etc.

I think this is an excellent post, and I totally agree.

Handling your BMI and the associated labels as pieces of medical information is absolutely the way to go. Popular culture has distorted medical terms such that the lay person's meaning of a word is totally different to its medical meaning. I've been medically obese before, but I never felt like I looked like society's idea of an obese person, which is unsurprising, because those two meanings don't map on to each other at all. Similarly, when I think of "morbidly obese", I imagine someone unable to get out of bed, breathing through a ventilator, covered in bed sores, and that's entirely because of the way society inaccurately characterises these terms. I think everyone here can appreciate that the BMI calculators call you "obese" or "morbidly obese" a much lighter weights than you picture someone with those labels being.

As Shmead says, of course, you should take your medical statistics seriously, but I personally feel there's relatively little to be gained from tying them up with your sense of who you are, and your self-esteem.

time2lose
08-12-2010, 09:17 AM
"Morbidly obese" is a terrible term, isn't it? When my doctor first told me that I was morbidly obese it was the first time I had heard of it. At that time, he described it as 100 pounds overweight. I was so upset.

It is very hard to hear that term used to describe you. At least now you will have something to celebrate when you lose that awful word!!

ghlover
08-12-2010, 09:50 AM
Kudos to you for the glucose test :carrot: I have yet to do that, I am too afraid of what the result will be considering I had gestational diabetes with my 2nd child, one of these days I will go lol
Eh- screw the scale- it says I'm morbidly obese also but I don't feel that way- specially when all my lab results come out great. I even had a glucose test done and I'm not pre-diabetic- so BOOO YOU BMI SCALE!

MyChoice2bfit
08-12-2010, 10:17 AM
"Morbidly obese" is a terrible term, isn't it? When my doctor first told me that I was morbidly obese it was the first time I had heard of it. At that time, he described it as 100 pounds overweight. I was so upset.

It is very hard to hear that term used to describe you. At least now you will have something to celebrate when you lose that awful word!!

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I agree with time2lose...I know I'm looking forward to celebrating when I lose that awful word! and now I'm on my way to the gym to continue working to get rid of it! I know you can do it too!

time2lose
08-12-2010, 11:18 AM
MyChoice2bfit and dudesmom,
Be sure to post here when you slip out of the morbidly obese category. We love to share and celebrate that milestone!

Lori Bell
08-12-2010, 01:45 PM
Please don't eat horribly, (as you sated you were) because of a medical term. Eating that stuff will only make things worse, not better.

You think morbidly obese sucks, I started out as SUPER-MORBIDLY OBESE. Talk about an eye opener. YIKES! Though unlike a few who say they didn't look like they were as big as their weight/BMI, I was every bit the size described. Funny, I didn't "think" I looked that big back then, and people were kind and said I carried my weight well, but now, looking back at pictures...WHO IN THE WORLD was I kidding! :D

I was thrilled when I got to drop the SUPER
I was thrilled when I got to drop the MORBIDLY
I was thrilled when I got to drop the OBESE
I was thrilled when I got to drop the OVERWEIGHT
AND I am THRILLED to be NORMAL!!! :cheer2:

You can do it too...but overeating over it isn't the answer. FIGHT for normal. You can't give up because of terminology. Hang in there.

Matilda08
08-12-2010, 02:23 PM
Even at my goal weight I will still be over weight but Im not so much worried about it because I dont want to be really small. Before I had my first child I was 165 and still considered over weight but I liked my size and felt great at that weight. As far as I can see I do not want to go below 170 but that could change once Iget there. I have a very solid frame most people seem to think I weight one hundred and something lbs.......