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Old 15.07.2012, 22:42
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Re: How do you compare size-wise?

It seems I should be in Mali and other half Trinidad & Tobago.

But surely your build should be a factor?

I come out at the figure that 80% of the pop weighs more at my age - but I consider my BMI of 24 to be too much as I am quite small boned.

If I was larger boned then my BMI would be higher no?
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Old 15.07.2012, 22:48
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It seems I should be in Mali and other half Trinidad & Tobago.

But surely your build should be a factor?

I come out at the figure that 80% of the pop weighs more at my age - but I consider my BMI of 24 to be too much as I am quite small boned.

If I was larger boned then my BMI would be higher no?
Normal is 17.5 -25 IIRC so if your small boned then you are probably right, it's not an exact science, my Dr has seen me in underware & never even asked my weight or sugested I was overweight. Still less than most Swiss my age.....
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Old 15.07.2012, 23:47
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It seems I should be in Mali and other half Trinidad & Tobago.

But surely your build should be a factor?

I come out at the figure that 80% of the pop weighs more at my age - but I consider my BMI of 24 to be too much as I am quite small boned.

If I was larger boned then my BMI would be higher no?
Is small/big boned actually a medical term?
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Re: How do you compare size-wise?

A very interesting study:

A new study shows that the increase in the average weight of populations is helping to put unsustainable pressure on the world’s natural resources.
According to new research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Public Health, the adult human population weighs in at 287 million tonnes - 18.5 million of which comes from overweight and obese individuals.
"This isn't a personal attack on fatness. In our study we're demonstrating this is a political problem," says Professor Ian Roberts who led the research at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

It makes sense really, not only more food required, but bigger everything (clothes, cars, beds, settees, etc, etc,) = a lot more raw materials needed. So I really should lose weight instead of putting so much effort into recycling, composting, not using plastic bags, and so much more - actually both would be preferable.

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Old 16.07.2012, 06:06
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Re: How do you compare size-wise?

"You have a lower BMI than 60% of males aged 30-44 in your country"
That's not really surprising looking at Germany...

"You have a higher BMI than 69% of males aged 30-44 in the world"
That's not really surprising given the number of males coming from China and India alone.

Basic statistics. Costa Rica, here I come!

P.S: BMI is complete bullshit. Body fat matters, not the total weight as most sporty people would have a rather high BMI (except of cyclists, runners...).
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Here's the whole study should you wish to read it. It's open access, so anyone can read it.
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/12/439/abstract

The full text is available as a PDF... Click at the bottom of the page.
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Old 16.07.2012, 08:39
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Re: How do you compare size-wise?

"Well I look a little rough and I got a few miles on me
My body needs work and my style ain't what it used to be
And honey I'll admit there's places where I'm wearing thin
But I ain't broke down, I just couldn't hold it in"

(Waylon Jennings)

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Old 16.07.2012, 09:04
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Re: How do you compare size-wise?

I haven't stepped on a scale in years and will never own one again. I used to have a stupidly low BMI but I'd guess it's somewhere in the normal range right now.
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Old 16.07.2012, 09:10
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Aww..I'm far from anorexic, I just happen to have a metabolic fluke,my bros are bean poles,too,but who cares..Body issues aren't substential enough to center one's life around them. As long as people confidently embrace who they are,whatever shape..
I agree. But to be fair, it's easier to say that if you're naturally thin than overweight as you're more closely resembling the societal ideal.
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Old 16.07.2012, 10:05
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P.S: BMI is complete bullshit. Body fat matters, not the total weight as most sporty people would have a rather high BMI (except of cyclists, runners...).
It's not ideal but it does serve a purpose. Most people are not built like Olympic athletes but have a high BMI because they have too much body fat which is a good indication that they may get to suffer from heart disease, stroke, infertility and joint problems etc.

As a quick and basically free way of getting some indication of an aspect of health of individuals and society as a whole, it serves well for insurance companies and statisticians.
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