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5'5" and 149 pounds. Am I fat?

Please be honest, I'd really like to know what greater society thinks.

Mon. Nov 27, 8:51am

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It's hard to tell just off this. According to your BMI you 24.4 which is the very high end of the normal range. I can say I still felt chubby when I was at this just a few pounds could push me into the overweight range (for your height you are considered overweight at 153). With that said based on the info I have I wouldn't call you fat. Now factors such as your body build and shape and the way you dress (especially being borderline) can probably really affect whether you look good or just a tad overweight.

Monday, November 27, 2006, 9:24 AM

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"Ideal" weight range for 5'5" = 107 to 151 pounds

Shouldn't how YOU feel matter most? Also, you could have 40 percent body fat... or you could be very muscular and have 15 percent body fat and be the same weight. A lot depends on your frame and how you carry your weight. Also, what is your definition of fat? Maybe you are voluptuous or curvy and not fat at all.

This was posted before, but the link is a variety of body weight calculators on one page, including a "people's choice" and also at the bottom you can change the "Other IBW calculators" to four different formulas. Based on this, your ideal weight could be anywhere from 107-151, depending on your frame and your age.


Monday, November 27, 2006, 9:25 AM

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i bet you don't look "skinny" but you don't look "fat", either. i'm 5'4" and i weigh 145; that's how i see myself.

Monday, November 27, 2006, 9:32 AM

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So weird -

I am 5'5" and I used to weight 149 before I started peertrainer. I didn't consider myself fat, but I knew I was not "thin". That is sort of an in-between weight. For me personally, however, I was not happy with myself at 149 lbs. My size 12's were feel tight on me, and I just felt fat. That's when I started on peertrainer in January.

I am now 122 lbs because of exercising a lot and limiting calories to 1600 a day. I have to say, that even though I am in sizes 4 and 6 now, there are still some days I feel fat. It really depends on how I am eating (junk food or health food), as well as what time of the month it is.

Anyway, back to your question, you are not fat. But if you are thinking about it, you would probably feel better if you lost a few pounds. Try to think of it not so much as getting skinnier, but getting healthier.
Good luck to you!

Monday, November 27, 2006, 10:31 AM

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Congratulations! 149 to 122??!!! That's what I want to do. Do you have a log I could see? I want to be you!

Monday, November 27, 2006, 11:08 AM

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Hmm, well, my observation is that by the standard of my greater community, you are not very heavy.

I, being older and brought up in an age when the standard was thinner than it is now, think that you are overweight.

When I started my PT journey I was almost exactly where you are now -- and if you want to lose weight you can. It's very do-able, just be patient and let all the great people here help you out!

Monday, November 27, 2006, 11:11 AM

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I doubt it! What size are you

Monday, November 27, 2006, 12:07 PM

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My daughter is 5'5 and 149. She is a size 9 and has a great figure! She is very well distributed. She alway had guys lining up for her. She has a steady guy now! Guys till ask her oout. Of course she thinks she is fat!

Monday, November 27, 2006, 12:10 PM

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i'm 5 ft 3.5inches and i'm about 148 these days. while i still see myself as "fat" on some days . . .. i know when i put on jeans that are a size 8 (that once upon a time were a size 16 or 18!!!) i know i'm not "fat" anymore. it sounds like you are in a healthy weight range for your height-but remember the number isn't everything. measurements, body fat percentage, types of workouts-all make the difference!

Monday, November 27, 2006, 12:43 PM

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10:31 poster here....

Thanks, 11:08, for your nice words. My log is in the public logs and my name is window1. Be warned, however, the last few days of eating have not been my best!!! I'm trying to get back on track now that thanksgiving is over. :)

Monday, November 27, 2006, 1:04 PM

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