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Old 01-29-2013, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default New BMI index published - affects shorter, taller ends of spectrum

This was just published. The mathematician explains that the current BMI calculation will underestimate BMI for shorter people, and overestimate it for taller people. The new BMI calculator is linked in the article and I tried it. My BMI is unchanged. Apparently my height is very average for all people combined. But my 6' boyfriend dropped about 0.5 points. Interesting explanation for math/science geeks (hand raised).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21229387
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Yuck! I don't like the new one at ALL. On the old scale, at 164 pounds I am right at a BMI of 30.0 (sooo close!), but on this new one, 164 puts me at 31.07- not a gigantic difference, but I still don't like it!

I'll follow the new one once I'm at my goal weight
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:23 PM   #3
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Mine increased as well.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:24 PM   #4
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I like the new one. At 5'7", it puts my current BMI down .2, and I also get an extra pound at the borders between obese/overweight and overweight/normal.
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According to this I could weigh as little as 115 and still be considered normal... idk about that.. maybe.
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Meh still says im obese as a size 10 so don't put much stock in it. Sure I'm a fat 10 but well into the obese? I don't think so lol
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Meh still says im obese as a size 10 so don't put much stock in it. Sure I'm a fat 10 but well into the obese? I don't think so lol
Your bones must be made of lead if you are a size 10 at 211 lbs! Seriously, that is impressive - you must work out a LOT! I am the same height as you, and when I got down to 198, I was still a 1X top and size 14 or 15 jeans.
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Your bones must be made of lead if you are a size 10 at 211 lbs! Seriously, that is impressive - you must work out a LOT! I am the same height as you, and when I got down to 198, I was still a 1X top and size 14 or 15 jeans.
I read somewhere else that she has an apple shape?

It's all in how you are built too.

I wear a size 10 and can wear it between weights 175-195. Though at 195 I was feeling squeezed. And my shape now in my mid-40s is straight up and down (or at least I feel like it - waist is 35 and hips are 42).

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Mine drops slightly, which is good, because I am quite tall
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It doesn't pay to be short. All of a sudden I am obese again. Rats!
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I thought it was just me. I went up too, bah! Eyes closed, ears plugged...I didn't see it, I didn't see it, I did't see it....!
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Well, it's almost good for me. If I say I'm 5'6" I will still be overweight at 160, but if I put in 5'7" I will be JUST within normal BMI. I'm in between these heights, so it's probably not moving me into the "ok" range even with a slight change for the better for me.

But I don't much stock in those arbitrary lines and neither did the scientist as he called the middle area fuzzy and the line arbitrary.
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Your bones must be made of lead if you are a size 10 at 211 lbs! Seriously, that is impressive - you must work out a LOT! I am the same height as you, and when I got down to 198, I was still a 1X top and size 14 or 15 jeans.
Its a combination of things. I don't work out a lot per se but I have a decent amount of muscle mass (genetics? walking? dancing?) and as well after loosing the amount I did a percentage of that 211lbs is slack skin. It doesn't hang but im very squishy and wrinkly in some areas. Also my weight is very evenly distributed around my body. I don't have one big trouble area so much as everywhere is a problem :P As well some people have a tendency, not saying you did this, but some girls and guys overestimate their height. I have people on a daily basis argue with me til they are blue in the face that I'm 5'11-6 feet tall cause they think themselves 5'7 and I'm like half a foot taller than they are lol so I think thats part of the reason I'm a smaller size than a portion of the '5'7' girls.

@berryblonde if you mean me by the apple shape thing, I'm large chested but not apple shape. My chest and hip measurements are the same with my waist 8 inches smaller than both. So hourglass/banana type deal. On top I take large-xl depending on the make and a size small/medium mens t shirt.

It weirds me out to that im that size at this weight but I guess its just how I'm built. I know some people probably think I'm lieing or fooling myself but I got out of a taxi other day with a pair of 12s on and I had to grab them as they were on their way to the ground. Would of been a rather embarrassing sight.

I'm not a smoothed out flat size 10. I got rolls and bumps and a belly, I look very different than a toned size 10 or a size 10 that didnt get there through luck in a body shape lottery lol I'll probably be a size 6 before I look flat.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:25 PM   #15
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Mine went down by 0.08 points.
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