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    Hey

    OK, I know I have a few lbs to loose, I'm OK with that, but I just did an online Body Fat test which says I'm obese???

    I'm 5'4" and 150lbs, wear size 10 US clothes, bra is 36 and my undergarments are a size M.

    These things can't seriously be accurate? I did take a picture the other day of me in a bikini type thing, so I can at least track things.

    I don't have money for any of the more accurate tests, having just googled this?

    Yikes is all I can say, I perhaps will look visually rather than at a number for this one.

    PG!
    Primal - June 3rd 2013
    Starting Weight - 150lbs
    Current Weight - 150lbs
    Goal Weight - 130lbs
    (Female / 5'4")

  • #2
    I wouldn't be so hung up on what a word or calculator says about my health.
    Depression Lies

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    • #3
      You must have made a typo either in your info above or in the calculator. 5'4" 150 lbs BMI = 25.7, just barely over the overweight line.
      “In God we trust; all others must bring data.” W. Edwards Deming
      Blogging at http://loafingcactus.com

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      • #4
        Originally posted by loafingcactus View Post
        You must have made a typo either in your info above or in the calculator. 5'4" 150 lbs BMI = 25.7, just barely over the overweight line.
        I put in a few measurements too - and it came out in 3 different ones, varying from 34 to 39!!!

        Blah!! Motivated to get my back healed so I can start with my fitness programme now for sure!!!
        Primal - June 3rd 2013
        Starting Weight - 150lbs
        Current Weight - 150lbs
        Goal Weight - 130lbs
        (Female / 5'4")

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        • #5
          What if the test had said that you are at a perfect body composition? Would it affect your course of action? What it said you were underweight? Would you start stuffing yourself?

          Do you FEEL obese?


          o·bese
          /ōˈbēs/
          Adjective
          Grossly fat or overweight.
          The above should be viewed as complete and utter nonsense.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by aliphian View Post
            What if the test had said that you are at a perfect body composition? Would it affect your course of action? What it said you were underweight? Would you start stuffing yourself?

            Do you FEEL obese?

            o·bese
            /ōˈbēs/
            Adjective
            Grossly fat or overweight.

            I guess you've got a very valid point - I was just shocked to get 'labelled' as something I do not feel is correct. Overweight yes, obese - no!

            Much like scales, I tend not to put that much into it, and it's more how I feel, and how my clothes fit.

            I do feel too sedentary after an enforced break from my normal walking / hiking, and starting the fitness. But apart from that, I'll just keep going and shut up!!

            PG!
            Primal - June 3rd 2013
            Starting Weight - 150lbs
            Current Weight - 150lbs
            Goal Weight - 130lbs
            (Female / 5'4")

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Pinot-Girl View Post
              But apart from that, I'll just keep going and shut up!!

              PG!
              That sounds like the way to go

              Action trumps inaction.
              The above should be viewed as complete and utter nonsense.

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              • #8
                I guess it depends on how you define obese. If a given source thinks 120 is the "right" weight for 5'4', then at 150 you are 30 pounds overweight. 30 divided by 150 = 20%. So, if the calculator on the given site is programmed to think that 20% overweight is obese, that's what it will tell you.

                I would focus more on what you think looks good. "Experts" have a tendency to be schmucks.
                "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                B*tch-lite

                Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                • #9
                  I can see how 150 pounds at 5'4" is obese. I took a Human Growth and Nutrition class (Anthropology) in my undergrad and learned that it's not difficult for Americans to be considered obese. I think that we are so used to seeing overweight and obese people that we have lost perspective a bit. Also, it may depend on your bone structure. I would say that if you're small boned, it's more obese and if you're large boned, more overweight. I know from living abroad how numb Americans can be about weight issues. I am obese (5"9 1/2" and almost 230 pounds in a small frame) but I used to be underweight (125 pounds) so I see things from different perspectives.

                  Personally, I stopped stepping on the scale and labeling myself and am just going by how I feel, how my clothes fit, and the measurement of my belly. This is more balanced for me since my belly is how I tend to judge how I look anyway. I'm okay with the little weight everywhere else on my body but I am tired of looking pregnant when I'm not.

                  So, maybe you can find another way to evaluate yourself (if you must evaluate yourself). I really like something that I read about judging your fitness based on what you can do. The weight will take care of itself living the primal lifestyle. That's what I'm hoping anyway!!!
                  "I came to live out loud!" -Emile Zola

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                  • #10
                    Everyone has a different distribution of body fat, and all body fat measurement techniques can only produce estimates for any individual. It's more of an art than an exact science. I personally go with the photos, like these:

                    » Blog Archive » Body Fat Pictures and Percentages
                    Body Fat Percentage Pictures of Men & Women - BuiltLean

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                    • #11
                      I think you're looking at a BMI chart and confusing it with body fat percentage. Your BMI is 25.7, your body fat percentage is 35-39%. 2 different measures. BMI is accurate but pretty worthless, body fat percentage is inaccurate (the way you calculated it) but useful. But they're not the same thing at all.

                      For reference, my BMI is over 26, which means I'm classified as overweight. My body fat percentage is 15-16% at the moment, which means you can make out my top 4 abs if you look closely.
                      The Champagne of Beards

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                      • #12
                        If I gain any more muscle right now I'll be back into the obese category at 18% body fat.
                        Crohn's, doing SCD

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
                          If I gain any more muscle right now I'll be back into the obese category at 18% body fat.
                          I know the feeling! I actually had to do a hydrostatic test to get out of paying a higher insurance rate with a BMI of 29.7

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                          • #14
                            Online calculators are of limited use for body fat percentage. They are based on averages taken from large studies and make some big assumptions. If you are really keen to know get a caliper and read up about accurate measuring. LGN is the best measure in my book.
                            Man seeks to change the foods available in nature to suit his tastes, thereby putting an end to the very essence of life contained in them.
                            www.primaljoy.co.uk

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                            • #15
                              I was "overweight" in high school according to those charts. I had 6% body fat. Gymnast muscle FTW!

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