I was minding my own business getting a physical yesterday and my doctor brought it to my attention that I am apparently obese and he needed me to talk to a nurse about effective weight loss strategies. I mentioned that I'm huge on purpose and work very hard on maintaining it. He said it was irrelevant and that my BMI of 31 was very unhealthy (6'5 265). After a lecture about obesity from this earnest young woman we went over to the sports medicine building where I had to both jump in a tank of water and get calipered to death to find my BF percent. Averaged out they came up with 10.2 percent. She suggested I try to halve that and recommended I follow a 1200 calorie diet until I get my weight down to 220 and can be reassessed. This afternoon I'll be looking for a new doctor. Anyone else out there running around with 10 percent body fat that is obese?
dud dont feel bad.. 95% of people who lift weights will be obese on the bmi scale..im 31-32 as well..10% bf is awsome..find a new doc bro
dude, according to that scale Im obese as well...Im 6'4 205 w at most 8% BF...Such a bunch of crap...dont even sweat that crappy chart, besides 70%-80% of the freaking world is made up of fat ****s and that chart was made for them and not for people that dedicate themselves to being healthy
I think you doc was wrong in using the work Obese. Once I drop all the weight I want to I will be way over the chart too for my height. My est. lean mass is around 220 and I think the chart for me is 178 or something like that. I dont think that is that bad at all for being 6'5". I would be interested to see what a pro bodybuilder that tall would weigh. That chart that they made years ago is based on the idea that carrying extra weight (weather it is fat or muscle) is taxing on the body.
I just thought it was funny, chart not withstanding, that: 1. a doctor would tell a 6'5 guy with a 34 waist he's obese with a straight face and 2. that a 5'5 165 lb woman would suggest a starvation diet to rectify said obesity. (My doc is on extended leave of absence because his wife has brain cancer so the Clinic threw me into the physician pool for stuff like this until he returns.)
that is a funny story. i love the 1200 cal diet....as a 265 lean as hell dude you'd wither like a dead flower. i also like her "suggestion" to get to 5%....does she have any idea how ****ing hard that is lol
Im 6'3" 255lb and im supposed to be 190lb to be a "Average" Healthy person....... Cracks me up. I cant even imagine being 220lb i would be a stick.
On a side note i was playing Wii fit with my daughter yesterday and did the Fitness test. The wii evaluated me stnding on a piece of plastic to be 33% BF...... A piece of plastic is telling people they are obese... Go Figure
Obviously it is a $$$ for the doctor. 10% is not a obese.
This is pure ignorance. But I dont solely blame the doctor, the chart/guide is put out by the medical community at large, and with apathy and lack of common sense, they use their chart and follow their guidelines and perform the tests and follow the practices of the said office/practice. So if the weight says your fat, then your fat, even though you have 10% bf. The military and the police used to be like this too, in boot camps, basic, academy training, and performance reviews/evaluations. This has/was changed some time ago, Ive been told.
Another scary thing to me, other than the lack of common sense, is that the insurance companies go by the same guidelines and use the same ignorance when implementing things, so you, me and half the guys who post here are part of the 1 billion+++ obese Americans and the epidemic you keep hearing about on the news.
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Haha damn I must be obese then too lol.
Right now I'm sitting at 160lbs at 5'4 and I'd say my BF% isn't over 12%
i'm on the opposite end, or was...a few years ago i went to the dr's before i started working out wearing timberlands and a big hoodie (always wear clothes alittle baggy) weight was 165lbs, which doesn't sound like much but i'm 5'5 and i was chubby, so i started working out and a year later i went to the dr's again, really concentrating on losing fat/weight and eating more healthy..went in the summer, wearing sneakers, mesh shorts, and a t-shirt, weight was 135lbs, the dr asked me if i was having random sex and i told him no not really just with my g/f at the time..i told him that i had been doing a lot of cardio and eating right...he proceeded to ignore that and sent me for STD tests haha...needless to say i atleast found out that i'm clean
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The chart is mostly for people that dont lift and just go about their life. I'm obease on that chart as well 5'9 235 pounds but then again my bf is not around 10% haha.
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I'm morbidly obese by those standards LOL. The BMI is just something out of the stone age which life insurance companies also like to abuse. It definitely discriminates people with above average muscle mass. They need to focus on blood work more than anything when assessing health.
luckily, my doctor is a fairly young guy and he knows my complete history. there once was a nurse who was not familiar with me, and she was like ur obese u need to lose weight. i jsut laughed and said talk to the doctor. shes like u need to lose weight ur ideal bodywieght for ur height for the average american male is 165lbs. i laughed and said, i havent been 165 lbs since i was a freshman in high school, and im not the average american male. i want to be this big. check my bf%. some doctors r just more understanding and know your lifestyle better.