Adjusting BMI for frame size

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Re: Adjusting BMI for frame size

Postby gigi55 » 08 May 2013, 04:41

Thanks so much BlueDiamond for this post.
I am actually the same stats as you- 5'2" and wrist 6.5".
I too have always known I have a large frame.
When I was doing my midwifery training it was known as CBH- or "child bearing hips" ! :wink:
Mine were good CBH as I had my daughter in 5 hrs!
Also as you get older I certainly agree with the sentiment that you choose "face or butt" as we say- if you get too thin you really start to age in the face.
So like you, I am now officially overweight, not obese, and will be aiming for the higher end of my normal BMI :smile:
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Re: Adjusting BMI for frame size

Postby gigi55 » 08 May 2013, 04:44

I meant to say also that wrist size was one way of checking for women's build in Obstetrics so the Medicos must have thought it was reasonably accurate.( of course there are more sophisticated measures as well!)
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Re: Adjusting BMI for frame size

Postby mariposa » 08 May 2013, 07:16

Good grief, my curiosity got the better of me and my wrist size is 7 inches! I am 5ft11 but I now feel like a giant! :bugeyes:
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Re: Adjusting BMI for frame size

Postby titch22 » 08 May 2013, 07:48

Thanks for all this interesting info :like: I have never thought I had a big frame since I'm barely 5.0 ft tall and have small, narrow feet and narrow hips, but my wrist measures 6 ins and my fingers are what I've always called "pudgy"! I, too, only really need/want to lose 2 kg but that would still give me a BMI of just over 23, which seems relatively high, but probably makes sense now.
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Re: Adjusting BMI for frame size

Postby Franglaise » 08 May 2013, 07:53

Here is another calculator which tells you your ideal weight.
http://health.bizcalcs.com/Calculator.a ... Size-Wrist
Mine is a small frame (wrist 15cms) so my ideal weight is 57-63kgs which is under 21 on the BMI scale.
Apparently when you are 'obese' your wrists are fatter so it isn't a great measurement in that case.
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Re: Adjusting BMI for frame size

Postby titch22 » 08 May 2013, 08:00

Thanks Franglaise, according to that calculator I do have a large frame and my weight should be 54 - 61 kg, but I'm 54 kg now and I consider it 2 kg too much :confused:
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Re: Adjusting BMI for frame size

Postby TheFrog » 08 May 2013, 08:05

Thank you Franglaise for posting that site. I am a small frame and the website calculations just confirmed that. My target weight according to the site is 50-56kgs. My target is 55kgs and I shall review and see how I feel when I get there.
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Re: Adjusting BMI for frame size

Postby Franglaise » 08 May 2013, 08:07

Titch22 where are you measuring your wrist? If I measure where my watch is it is bigger and I'd be medium frame so I'm taking the smallest measurement which is nearer to my hand. I'm sure I'm a small frame because I have AA narrow feet and at anything over 65kgs I look on the fat side.
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Re: Adjusting BMI for frame size

Postby Slimmer » 08 May 2013, 08:55

This is facinating! Would anyone else be Interested to see height included in the trackers, as I find it difficult to compare when I see various BMI v weight in relation to my stats?
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Re: Adjusting BMI for frame size

Postby titch22 » 08 May 2013, 08:59

I'm measuring right on the skinniest point, where it joins my hand! It's quite weird for a tiddler like me to be classed "large" (other than in the bust dept. - and that's relative!).
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Re: Adjusting BMI for frame size

Postby Jed » 08 May 2013, 09:05

Just tried the calculator Franglais and apparently I have a small frame !! I really don't - i've just got skinny wrists - just goes to show how difficult it is to categorise us humans.
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Re: Adjusting BMI for frame size

Postby TML13 » 08 May 2013, 10:10

My frame is medium, although I'm not sure I measured my wrist properly and I'm not sure which wrist to measure (they are different). Anyway, I did my right wrist, I think I did it right and the ideal weight showing is pretty-much my conception regarding ideal weight.
IMO, BMI is just a number to help people realise that they are getting "too fat". When it comes to ideal weight (when we are thin-ish), we can be our own bosses and decide for ourselves.
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Re: Adjusting BMI for frame size

Postby O'Dell » 08 May 2013, 14:24

@gspme: I seem to be a mix of large and small framed too. Small wrists and fingers, larger boned in the hips and shoulders, other body parts are just as random. I'm assuming it averages out to a medium frame size as the ideal weight goals and BMI seem just about right for me personally.
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Re: Adjusting BMI for frame size

Postby Franglaise » 08 May 2013, 18:09

Jed wrote:Just tried the calculator Franglais and apparently I have a small frame !! I really don't - i've just got skinny wrists - just goes to show how difficult it is to categorise us humans.

Have you got fat or thin feet Jed? I always thought the wrist was quite a good measurement. What BMI are you aiming for?
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Re: Adjusting BMI for frame size

Postby Robnem » 08 May 2013, 21:14

Hmm. I'm definitely a large frame too . 5'7" with size 8 wide feet. Wrist measurement is nearly 7 inches (and I actually have bony wrists!). Sadly still makes me obese though!! :shock:
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