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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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It depends

it all depends on your age really.
im 149 pounds too and 5 ft 3.
ur 2 inches taller.
im 13 and god im obese!
but you may not be a teenager and a adult so u may not b

Friday, November 14, 2008, 4:16 PM

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I'm 5'5 also and I think a lot depends on how you carry your weight. My highest weight was about 143 and I felt huge - I also looked fat. BUT I carry all my weight above my hips. Think big belly, big breasts and I had about 3 chins. Also I have a very small frame, I am small boned and very small on the bottom so the extra 25 pounds was a lot - on me.

Everyone is different. I was also very out of shape after being an athlete all my life. So the answers here depend on a lot of things that are unique to your body!

I now weigh between 116 and 118 and feel fabulous! Like another poster said though, my eating hasn't been the best the last few days so don't use that as a guide! =) Good luck if you decide you would like to lose a few pounds!


Friday, November 14, 2008, 6:44 PM

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Im 5'2" I have never bin "fat" but I was 130lbs to start and I felt "fat" and puffy all the time. I have a friend who is 5'3 and 134lbs (pretty much the same as what I was and she looks thin, but she carries it very different then I do) I dont think 149lbs for 5'5" is fat you certainly dont need a drastic weightloss... Make yourself LOVE your body though. Dont concentrate on a number concentrate on your body and what will make you love it.

Friday, November 14, 2008, 6:53 PM

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Another 5'5" woman here. My lean muscle is 126#'s per the chiropractor, and per the WHO I should be between 23 -35% body fat (women between 41-60). Soooo...149 would put me at 15% body fat - not healthy. I'm aiming for 164 and 23% body fat, but I won't know until I get there. Much younger I was 135#'s and a size 9 and felt great, but a lot changed in the last 30 years ;)

Bottom line, we are all arranged a little different, and it's how we feel, and how we feel about how we look, that matters. Not a number that means something different to all of us five foot fivers. Now I'm off to check in on Window1's food log!

Friday, November 14, 2008, 7:19 PM

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I'm 5'2 and 150..definitely don't look fat. Muscle mass is not taken into account with BMI. One of my trainers...25 years old, 5'4 and 160. She can bench press 230 lbs. Insurance companies turn her down for health insurance due to her being "obese".

Friday, November 14, 2008, 7:57 PM

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i'm 5'4" and weigh in the 140s. i workout all the time and eat really well, but consider myself "thick", but not fat.

from the health perspective, you need to think about your family health history (eg diabetes, hypertension, CVD, etc) to assess how great a risk factor it is for you to be at the high end of the BMI range. also, if your waist if 35" or more, you are at high risk, as central adiposity (belly fat) predisposes men and women to a greater risk of heart disease.

if you are living a healthy lifestyle already with regular exercise and pretty clean eating, then you are probably fine. but like others have said, it's really not about what other people think -- it's about how you feel and also about your overall health.

good luck!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008, 6:23 AM

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Its funny at how different people can be. I'm 5'3 and I weigh 145, wear a size 6, I have a fairly larger frame and am pretty muscular. Even at my lowest weight I was a size 3 and weighed 135, people thought I was way to thin and I did look it. For my build 145 is perfect even though the charts would say I'm overweight. So it all depends on your build. Don't put to much stock into those BMI and weight charts, there are to many factors they don't take into consideration.

Sunday, November 16, 2008, 3:27 PM

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I am 5 6" and 140 pounds and I consider myself fat simply because of my body fat percentage and I am on a higher side of bmi but if you are muscular i.e most people weigh more because of their muscles and have a lower body fat percentage you are fine.
It really depends on what you are comfortable with.

Sunday, November 16, 2008, 7:46 PM

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I'm 5'4" and 116lbs. I used to be 140lbs, and I felt pretty fat then. I'm much more toned now, when I was heavier it was all flab. I was a UK size 12-14 then (US 16-18?) Not I'm more like a UK 6-8. But everyone's different; it depends on how much muscle mass you have. Your size is probably a better indicator than your weight. And ultimately what matters is how you feel about yourself.

Monday, November 17, 2008, 6:39 AM

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I am 5 feet 4'' and the only weight i feel comfortable with is <108lbs. This is my body though and how it looks... Everyone is different.

Monday, November 17, 2008, 7:08 AM

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I agree that much depends upon muscle mass. At 5-6 and 140 lbs and wearing a size 6, I wouldn't say I'm fat, but I would be at the upper end of the old scale of 100lbs at 5 ft and 5 lbs for each inch taller. BMI does NOT allow for muscle mass.

Thursday, November 27, 2008, 12:56 AM

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I too know how this feels and thoroughly agree with the muscle mass vs. body fat issue. I'm 5'4 and weigh roughly 160 lbs but I am the furthest thing from what most people would consider "FAT". I have a very athletic build and wear a size 9. Most people consider me to be very much in shape and tell me to stop worrying about the scale.

Monday, January 25, 2010, 10:08 AM

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It all depends on your body composition. I am 5'5" and 147 - and while I would like to drop a bit more, I wear a size 6. I have been same exact height and weight before, though, and have worn a 10-12. I work out a ton now, therefore I'm smaller .. even though #s are same.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 1:38 PM

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