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How many lbs. overweight do I have to be, to be considered obese?

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{#emotions_dlg.confused1} Is there a chart or something?

"Id explain it to you but i'm all out of puppets and crayons"
Formerly known as Cheron A. Nique

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scotttie1334077694.93335754 PostsRegistered 6/15/2006

Anybody fatter than me {#emotions_dlg.devil2}

Mrs Doubtfire: 'He was quite fond of the drink. It was the drink that killed him.'
Miranda: 'How awful. He was an alcoholic?'
Mrs Doubtfire: 'No, he was hit by a Guinness truck.'
Robin Williams --1951-2014

privacy1334077826.323383 PostsRegistered 4/3/2012Keepin my friends close and the trolls even closer

{#emotions_dlg.devil2}{#emotions_dlg.sneaky} or me

"Id explain it to you but i'm all out of puppets and crayons"
Formerly known as Cheron A. Nique

mooshbear1334079096.223857 PostsRegistered 12/9/2010

I think generally, the BMI chart is used as a reference. Although it isn't always 100% accurate for measuring health and fitness, it is a good ballpark to determine if you are in a healthy weight range. WW uses it for their goal weights.

Rap21334079588.1913235 PostsRegistered 5/24/2006

At one time, it was determined that severe obesity was 100 pounds or more overweight. I think this was before the BMI index was used. Just "obese", I'm not sure.

KittyLouWho1334079732.5326542 PostsRegistered 1/11/2006

Stand in front of the mirror nekkid.

No charts needed.

"You make me feel like I've been locked out of heaven, for too long, for too long"
Bruno Mars

privacy1334079827.587383 PostsRegistered 4/3/2012Keepin my friends close and the trolls even closer

Bodybuilders are considered obese if you go by weight charts,yet they have very low body fat, I know a lady 5'4 165, not an ounce of fat, sh's considered 35 lbs, overeight,{#emotions_dlg.huh}

"Id explain it to you but i'm all out of puppets and crayons"
Formerly known as Cheron A. Nique

KittyLouWho1334079934.4726542 PostsRegistered 1/11/2006

That's why BMI charts are not useful for athletes.

"You make me feel like I've been locked out of heaven, for too long, for too long"
Bruno Mars

Turbosmom1334079956.923506 PostsRegistered 6/7/2011Beautiful Bluegrass State
I'd say that if I was worried I was obese, then I probably am.

gig27501334079983.4532587 PostsRegistered 10/21/2007right here, right now....

I was surprised to learn that it's not that much before it's considered obese; it's like 35, or 40 lbs over! (and that's not to imply that 40 lbs isn't much!)

You can easily find a BMI chart online, and it will help you.

Actually, it's worse if your waist is over 35".

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GoodStuff1334090252.614601 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

You don't officially calculate obesity by "number of pounds overweight", but by Body Mass Index (BMI). A BMI of 25 or higher is usually interpreted as overweight; 30 or higher indicates obesity. A BMI of 40 or above indicates morbid obesity, although that kind of BMI is unfortunately quite common nowadays, and everyone with a BMI of 40 or even higher doesn't necessarily look like what most of us visualize when we think of "morbidly obese". Using BMI alone to determine appropriate weight is not a perfect approach, as bone structure, gender, muscle mass, and other factors affect weight and BMI along with how much a person eats and how large they are.

There are many BMI calculators online. Here's one you can use to determine your BMI.

http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/

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VCamp27481334090376.646743 PostsRegistered 4/20/2006

I guess if one has to ask, they're already there.

cats021334090961.9631663 PostsRegistered 12/6/2007

This is the wrong place to ask that question!!! Ask your doctor!!!! If you need to lose weight, he/she can start the process of helping you do that. No one on this forum can do it.

GoodStuff1334091425.614601 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008
On 4/10/2012 cats02 said:

This is the wrong place to ask that question!!! Ask your doctor!!!! If you need to lose weight, he/she can start the process of helping you do that. No one on this forum can do it.


My! What a prickly response! Actually, OP asked about a general factual health question and if there is "a chart or something" to help determine appropriate weight. If she needs to lose weight or needs to talk with her doctor about her health, that's appropriate -- but there's absolutely nothing wrong with asking what she asked here!

Snowpuppy1334091546.726337 PostsRegistered 12/2/2005Up North, MI

It's 30lbs overweight. Was changed several years ago. Uh, just about the time Alli hit the market as a prescription.

Like when high cholesterol was lowered to 'include' more people on meds. They're rethinking that one.

The BMI chart is silly. It's for morons too lazy to do their on body mass calculations.

Irshgrl312­011334091726.50714108 PostsRegistered 3/14/2006

A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.

missyw11334092215.0332117 PostsRegistered 3/4/2007

Dr.'s should allow more than a BMI to say if you are obese. Many factors need to be taken into consideration. (bone structure, if you work out, etc.)

One should be able to determine when they get on scale and look in the mirror if they are obese.

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HiLo1334092779.146615 PostsRegistered 8/28/2007

Considered by who: I suppose you mean doctors in general, the model industry and Hollywood but you must ultimately decide what is a good weight for you individually according to your bone structure and how well you feel.

Knowing how my individual body works and feels has saved me from from many mistakes in having others evaluate my health no matter how "expert" they are.

oceantown1334093192.2838544 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I agree, a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.

http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/defining.html

An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.

See the following table for an example.

Height......... Weight Range........... BMI........... Considered

5' 9".............124 lbs or less....... Below 18.5...... Underweight

.................125 lbs to 168 lbs.... 18.5 to 24.9.... Healthy weight

.................169 lbs to 202 lbs.... 25.0 to 29.9..... Overweight

................. 203 lbs or more....... 30 or higher...... Obese

http://www.americashealthrankings.org/

27.5% of Americans are obese. This has almost tripled since 1990! Very alarming.

http://www.americashealthrankings.org/Rankings

The prevalence of obesity has increased 137 percent, from 11.6 percent of the population in the 1990 Edition to 27.5 percent of the population in the 2011 Edition.

Now, more than one in four people in the U.S. is considered obese – a category that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reserves for those who are significantly over the suggested body weight given their height. This alarming rate of increase shows little evidence of slowing or abating (Graph 4 ).

Because this data relies on self-reported height and weight, actual obesity rates, as measured by health professionals, may be almost 10 percent higher, meaning that over one-third of the population is likely to be obese.3

In fact, the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) study, which physically measures height and weight, indicates that the national obesity level is 33.8 percent of adults.4

Obesity is known to contribute to a variety of diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and general poor health.

oceantown1334093796.478544 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

This info I posted is very alarming to me because it states that probably over 1/3 of Americans are obese, and that is not even counting those who are overweight.

When I look back to my weight before I lost 48 lbs, and compute my BMI before I lost any weight, I find that I was supposedly in the normal weight range for my height! That is very alarming to me, because I knew I was very overweight, even though BMI told me differently.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bmi-calculator/NU00597

purrmom1334104057.4073399 PostsRegistered 5/27/2010Mid-MO

For women: 5' - 100 lbs. Add 5 lbs for every inch over 5'. Example: 5'4" should weigh 120 depending on build.

DianaFran1334104296.0110849 PostsRegistered 11/15/2004

Not sure the designation, but I have heard you have to be at least 100 pounds over weight to be considered a candidate for weight loss surgery.

ktlynam1334104573.663415 PostsRegistered 11/17/2004

Yes, there are charts on any of the medical websites that you can look up, or confer with your doctor.

SweetWood ­Max1334104701.27185 PostsRegistered 1/10/2011

My dr says I am but I think I'm just overweight. I weight 289 and I'm 5'31/2.Hub says I'm chubby

SweetWood ­Max1334104773.027185 PostsRegistered 1/10/2011

LEAVE ME A LONE SUMMERGRACE

oceantown1334109724.4678544 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bmi-calculator/NU00597

If anyone wants to know their BMI, go to this page on the mayo clinic website.

Just put in your height and weight, very simple.

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