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Happy Being the Way We Are

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

There is a right weight for everyone. I'm not talking about body fat percentages, or body mass indexes or the like...what I mean is, there is a weight at which each individual finally feels happy about themselves. Just for numbers sake I've done a little research and found some formulas (their accuracy isn't a promise). I'll use myself as the example (since that's the only information that I have) and if you find it at all interesting, feel fry to try the formulas on yourself.
Ex. 1: Body Fat Percentage YMCA standard
8 = 28% BF
The American Standard is this:
Average: 20-27 High: 27-31 Obese: above 31

Ex.2: Body Mass Index as described by US National Library of Medicine
weight(in pounds)x703/height(in inches)
The American Standard is this:
Healthy: 18.5-24.9 Overweight: 25-29.9 Obese: 30-39.9 Morbidly Obese: over 40

Using the same formulas when I began this I would've been 37%BF and had a 45.5BMI. On the impedance scale at my nutritionists office I was a 49%BF (which as I've discovered has a large margin of error at 10%). I'm assuming that the accuracy for all these numbers lay somewhere in the middle. Scales, calipers, measuring tapes, whichever you choose to use don't come with gender, height, maybe even race considerations...and for us women, the dreaded TOM that has been known to add five or more pounds of fluid weight.

Using the self esteem formula, I feel fantastic. With a group of spark friends I've used the words 'comfortable in my own skin'. I'm great with being overweight...does that make any sense? How about you...have you ever found the weight that works for you?
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    I was just thinking the same thing and someone suggested I read your blog. Great minds think alike! emoticon
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