Am I Overweight or Obese?
Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
The Difference Between Overweight & Obesity - The Big Oh's
What is the difference between overweight and obesity? And - you mean there is a difference? Unfortunately, yes....
We have attached our BMI chart below for your quick reference.
Overweight, BMI 25 - 30, Obesity, BMI Exceeds 30
Note that 'overweight' occurs when the BMI numbers register 25.0 to 29.9. A number over 30.0 is considered as an obese stage.
However, keep in mind that BMI Charts - just like recommended weight charts should only be used in setting weight goals. These are patterns - just numbers that are never suited for all individuals.
Charts Should Be Used as Patterns for Setting Health Goals, Not Taken as Set in Stone
For example, Dieter Bella is five feet, four inches in height. She currently weighs 150 pounds and based on the BMI Chart, she is considered overweight.
However, Dieter Bella also lifts weights and has a striking about of muscle mass. She is as fit as fit can be as muscle is heavier than fat.
Now let's look at Dieter Wendy who is five feet, three inches and who weighs 146 pounds.
She is just one inch shorter than Bella and Wendy doesn't lift weights.
However, while Bella is flat-chested and flat-butted, Wendy is quite generous in both areas of her body.
Weight and BMI Charts are based on the standard, average physique and do not allow for such 'overages' or should we say, 'gifts'.
Wendy is not overweight at this size, although the BMI Chart indicates otherwise.
Therefore, keep in mind that all health charts are based on standard physiques and while they can be used a fantastic patterns in setting goals, they should never be set in stone.
BODY MASS INDEX CHART
In Summary: You don't need a chart to tell you which weight you should be at; base your weight on how you look, how you feel and the size that you are most comfortable at.
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