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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell's Silver Hammer View Post
    If a person is 190cms though. They would be overweight by bmi
    Do you mean at 88kg?

    I just did the calculation and it came out at 22. That's healthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell's Silver Hammer View Post
    If a person is 190cms though. They would be overweight by bmi
    No they're not. They'd have a BMI of 24.9, so they are just under the overweight BMI range of 25-30.

    ETA - I only took off 100, not 102, hence my wrong calculation.
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    I also want to add that I have lost a lot of weight over the years. I have been through stagnant periods where I didn't lose weight but lost a ship load in cm. So same bmi but smaller clothes size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    I remembered something I was told by a doctor years ago, namely that our ideal weight should be roughly our height in cm minus 102.

    So I'm 172cm and my ideal weight is 70kg. That is certainly achievable for me. I currently weigh 72kg.
    Oh cool, that works for me! I should be around 54kg. Currently 59-60kg. Working on it though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenmum View Post
    Oh cool, that works for me! I should be around 54kg. Currently 59-60kg. Working on it though!
    This doctor ran one of those executive health check businesses and was suggesting it as a better and more realistic measure than BMI. I've always found for me it was very realistic and achievable.
    @BigRedV how does it work for you? I would hate to judge someone else's weight based on a photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    This doctor ran one of those executive health check businesses and was suggesting it as a better and more realistic measure than BMI. I've always found for me it was very realistic and achievable.
    @BigRedV how does it work for you? I would hate to judge someone else's weight based on a photo.
    I'm 1cm shorter than you and I think that weight would be a bit unrealistic for me. 69kg for me.

    I'm happy at the higher end of healthy weight according to bmi which is around 74kg

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    By the doctor's calculation to be a healthy weight for my height I need to gain 14kg. There's no way I could gain 14kg healthily, and I really don't feel like I am underweight. I am fit, strong and healthy and have zero desire to carry an extra 14kg of body weight around.
    However, I do think it's good as a rough guide for being in the healthy range for those who might be unsure as to what their ideal weight is supposed to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I'm 1cm shorter than you and I think that weight would be a bit unrealistic for me. 69kg for me.

    I'm happy at the higher end of healthy weight according to bmi which is around 74kg
    Can I ask why it is that 69kg is unrealistic for you? Is it because you feel 'too skinny' at that weight, or does it take super drastic measures to get to that point? Generally curious, btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny Dancer View Post
    . I regularly get told that I look anorexic and I need to go eat a hamburger/pizza/chips. I am on the lower range of what the BMI classifies as normal, but no where near looking anorexic. Clearly though, people perceive me to be too skinny, which I can only attribute to the perception of normal being bigger.
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    Yes, I have this problem too - especially from my mum. She was in complete denial about being overweight/obese until she lost 15-20kg after surgery. She couldn't believe I am the same weight she used to be. I think perceptions are skewed at either end.

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    You just have to look around to see how many Obese people there are. DH is a high school teacher and he was just saying today how many of the kids are overweight and obese compared to when we went to school.

    I think it's a combination of sugar being in everything. We are doing the I Quit Sugar program currently and I'm about to clean out our cupboard and fridge as sugar is snuck in every thing. Even Wheat Bix have sugar listed as their second ingredient. You can so easily go way over the maximum amount of sugar with one juice or soft drink. Things that appear healthy like yoghurt, muesli, dried fruit are so high in sugar, have those each day and you are consuming way too much sugar.

    The other is this idea of 'treats' needing to be an every day thing. Going to a cafe after school to get a milk shake and banana bread, Tiny Teddies or similar in lunch box everyday as kids need a 'treat'.

    Something needs to change and quickly as this generation of kids is predicted to live shorter lives than their parents due to obesity related illness.

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