Normal, Overweight, or Obese?

- POSTED ON: Mar 07, 2011

My Height is 5' 0", and my highest weight was 271 lbs.
I don't know how tall you are,
but for me, OBESITY STARTS at 154 lbs,

and OVERWEIGHT STARTS at 129 lbs.


To  be only OVERWEIGHT at 200 lbs, one would have to be 5' 11" tall.
For a 5' 11" female, 200 lbs is just inside the OVERWEIGHT category,
and only 1 lb below the Low Border of OBESITY.

Here is a Chart I made, based on the BMI percentages,
showing the High Borders of Normal weight,
and the Low Borders of Overweight, and Obesity.

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Existing Comments:

On Mar 08, 2011 wrote:
I thought I was just overweight.

On Mar 08, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Martha, although it is good to have accurate information, it is just a number. What is really important in your life is how you feel about yourself.

On Mar 08, 2011 Sienna wrote:
Out of curiosity, what metric did you use to determine obesity? Because while the numbers for the low heights seem to line up with the CDCs numbers, the numbers for taller women are just a little bit off from the CDCs numbers (based solely on BMI between 25 and 29.9 being overweight and BMI>=30 being obese). But the CDC doesn't distinguish between male and female ranges, so I suspect that may be part of it. All in all, while numbers can be useful, I agree with your comment to Martha: what matters most is how you feel.

On Mar 08, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Sienna, I just calculated the numbers using the standard BMI categories ...... Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater ..... Overweight = 25-29.9 ..... Normal weight = 18.5-24.9... I rounded out the numbers, and am not a "math" person, so I apologize for any errors in calculation. My understanding is that the body type differences are handled by: small frame at the bottom of the weight range ... medicum frame at the middle of the weight range ... large frame at the top of the weight range. There wouldn't be any difference between BMI of men and women, as this actually involves the issues and areas of fat distribution. I'll be posting an article about that soon.

On Mar 08, 2011 Karen925 wrote:
I am 5'8.5" and hit 192# Oct 6, 2009. I was shocked when I realized how close to obese I was. I also wondered during my wl phase if my fat cells had divided so much that both wl and maintenance would become problematic. Fat cells do not go away, just shrink. So far, so good. This does not mean it might not become a problem. Eternal vigilance is the price I am willing to pay to be trim and fit.

On Mar 08, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Karen, I also must be vigilant forever to keep from returning to obesity.

On Mar 09, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
Wow, according to this chart I was NORMAL even when I was 9 months pregnant. :) Susie

On Mar 09, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Susie, my "normal" pound range is between 95 lbs and 128 lbs which is a 33 lb spread. Since I'm medium boned, normal for me is somewhere in the middle. So, I could see how people who are at the bottom of their weight range could gain pregnancy weight and still not go over into "overweight". Is that the case with you?

On Mar 09, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
I think I'm small boned and am 5' 3"! I like weighing about 120 to 125 but I'm 117 right now. I've been working out with my husband doing Power 90 6 days a week. :) I've got to take the time to look over your site more. I just found it today. I think I want to try some of your recipes. Thanks, Susie

On Mar 09, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Susie, I'm glad you found DietHobby. I eat a lot of really simple easy to prepare low-cal foods, and those are the recipes I'm going to share until I become more proficient at making videos.

On Mar 09, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
I watched two of your videos and I think you are really good. You don't seem nervous and you do it like a NORMAL person. :) I'll be watching more soon and thanks for sharing, Susie

On Mar 09, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Thank you Susie. I'm in my own kitchen talking to my online friends, and the truth is....I don't know how to be anything BUT normal.

On Mar 11, 2011 rroush wrote:
These numbers are really interesting. I've never taken the time to calculate out the weights associated with BMI percentages. The number for overweight for my height (5'3") is higher than I thought it would be and higher than other numbers I have seen. It's funny how our perspectives of ourselves can be different than how the medical field or others see us. I always "feel" overweight at anything higher than 125-130. But, according to these numbers, overweight is actually 12-17 lbs higher than that even.

On Mar 11, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Rebecca, Remember, the BMI doesn't distinguish between different bone-structures. I believe that you are either medium or or small boned, and need to be at the middle or bottom of your "normal" range. So your personal calculations are probably right on target.

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