What Should I Weigh?

MJTrep By MJTrep, 17th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I review several ways that the medical industry is measuring and recording our body weight.

What Should I Weigh

This is a question that is on, or should be on, everybody's mind. With a population that is 1 in 3 obese, what should we each weigh? I did some tooling around with this myself. I had been a power lifter for many years. The Navy classified me as obese for the longest time. Based on my heck, chest, and waist measurements along with my weight, then between 235 and 245 pounds, I was called obese. I exercise almost daily, but am still told by the VA that I am overweight. The question is how do we calculate our ideal weight?

There are several methods which can be used. I caution you to use them at your own risk.

Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a calculation that boggles me. I present the calculations below in both metric and imperial units:
BMI metric units: Your weight (kilograms) divided by the square of your height (meters)
e.g. Weight 80 kilograms. Height 1.8 meters.
1.82 meters = 3.24
80 divided by 3.24 = BMI 24.69.

Imperial units: Your weight (pounds) times 703, divided by the square of your height in inches.
e.g. Weight 190 pounds. Height 6 ft (72 inches)
722 = 5184
190 x 703 divided by 5184 = BMI 25.76
Health authorities worldwide mostly agree that:
People with a BMI of less than 18.5 are underweight.
A BMI of between 18.5 and 25 is ideal.
Somebody with a BMI between 25 and 30 is classed as overweight.
A person with a BMI over 30 is obese.
According to my doctors, I have my BMI is 28.6. To them, I am borderline obese. I run at least 3 miles a day, do 200 jumping jacks, 200 seal jacks, 2 minutes of crunches, and I am up to 55 burpees. Clearly, I am not obese; however, according to the physicians who look at my charts, I am borderline ...

http://www.self.com/calculatorsprograms/calculators/idealweight Is an intriguing little page. This page asks you if you are male or female and how tall you are. The page then proceeds to tell you how much you should weigh. When I put in my numbers the site tells me that I should weigh 140 to 189 pounds. When I was in that range, i was very skinny and gangly.Check it out and see what you get.

There are several ways to measure and calculate what you should weigh and how much body fat you have. Skin calipers, water displacement, BMI, waist to hip, and the list goes on.

None of this answers the question of "Am I fat?" Let's face it, that is what we are asking. Do the naked mirror jump test. Stand in front of a mirror nude and jump up. Body fat jiggles, muscle and bone don't.

Is your doctor concerned about your weight? If yes, then keep at it.

If not, are you able to be happy with how your body is now? I know I am.

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Bmi, Body Fat, Health, Health Benefit, Healthy, Weight, Weight Calculator, Weight Management

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
18th Sep 2013 (#)

All I know is that I have been a constant 57kgs for the last 20 years with weight gain during pregnancy to 80kgs and going back down again and even reaching 49kgs at one point and climbing back up to 57 which is steady with me.
Not bothered about the rest as it does me no harm as I know what I eat and have my enjoyment in life too without drinks, smokes and intimacy.

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author avatar MJTrep
18th Sep 2013 (#)

Without knowing how tall you are the weight is just a number. However, you seem very comfortable with it. Stay healthy

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author avatar sukkran
18th Sep 2013 (#)

obese is a real threat for humanity. checking bmi periodically is an important thing for every one. thanks for the formula.

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author avatar MJTrep
18th Sep 2013 (#)

Glad to be of service

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author avatar tz
18th Sep 2013 (#)

BMI formula is a good way to calculate weight. You are working hard at exercises as you mentioned in the article. If with exercise and diet changes we are not able to change our BMI than i think it's our natural body weight.
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Thanks for the article

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author avatar MJTrep
18th Sep 2013 (#)

While I included the BMI I, by no means, hold it to be the grail. I was a powerlifter for a little more than 10 years. This gives me a denser skeletal and muscular system. While in the military I was among the faster runners and higher counted push-up performers. Still, I was constantly being put on the remedial training cycle as I had more mass than anyone else in my unit.

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author avatar tz
20th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks for your message!

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author avatar MJTrep
20th Sep 2013 (#)

You're welcome. Thank you for reading this and sharing it. I hope that it helps.

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