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AM I OVERWEIGHT?

Dear Sugar
I am 17 years old and 5 foot 7 and a half inches tall. I am big boned and I was wondering what you thought my ideal weight would be? Do you think 145 lbs is a healthy weight for someone who is my age and size? Weight Conscious Constance

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Dear Weight Conscious Constance
A person is considered overweight if they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over the 95th percentile for their age. If you fall between the range of the 85th - 95th percentile for your age, then you are at risk of becoming overweight. Lastly, if you have a BMI under the 5th percentile for their age, you are considered underweight.

Using the BMI scale, I've figured out that a 17 year old (female) who is 145 pounds and stands 5 feet and 7.5 inches tall has a (BMI) of 22.4. This places you in the 67th percentile and indicates that you are indeed at a healthy weight for a female your age.

Please keep in mind this chart below is for young females only. Calculate your BMI here and/or here. Boys up to the age of 20 can find your chart here .

The following are the BMI stat standards for adults:
If you are over 30 you are considered obese. If you fall into a range anywhere between 25 - 29.9, you are considered overweight. Anywhere from 18.5 - 24.9 is considered healthy, and anything below 18.5 is underweight.

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Neural Neural 9 years
Wow. This is an old story. And I have a lot of weight to lose. Boo! :(
emy209 emy209 9 years
I think we all look to much at models and such then w look at our selves and we could be a perfect weight for our body type yet we want smaller. I think you are a perfect weight. Look at me I'm 5'2 and i weigh 135 yet you wouldn't think i do i know that cause everyone ays i look maybe 90-100. So you should take in these features are you big or heavy boned? are you muscle or flab? cause muscle does weigh more than fat . Also are you happy with yourself are you only thinking you are overweighted becuase of the super skinny models and skinny celebritys.
heatherp heatherp 9 years
every body has a natural equilibrium - are you healthy?
wynter wynter 9 years
It sounds like you're just fine. I don't completely trust the BMI thing. My hubby is big boned and has lots of muscle. He has very, very little body fat on him. His weight is 285 at 6'3, and he always gets into trouble when he has his military physicals. He's in awesome shape, but his BMI is 35.6 according to his weight. :/ They usually have to do the tape measurements on his stomach and neck - or whatever they do- to have him pass his physicals. He's in better shape than I am, and my BMI is 21. Even when hubby was in high school and skin and bones, his weight was 220. According to BMI, that put him at a 27.5 then and he didn't have any meat on him. He looked underweight.
JennaV JennaV 9 years
Haha Jamers....they have sonny's bbq down there too? I thought it was an Atlanta thing.
kylake kylake 9 years
Princess Pixie's got it right. As long as you exercise and eat right, you'll be healthy.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 9 years
well I guess me (fast walking) and using my punching bag regularly is doing me good* always happy to know I'm in a healthy bmi range. that's so funny cause I sure do eat me some fried chicken and loooooooooooooove sonny's bbq....but I also eat so many veggies it's unreal, so maybe it balances out...must be the adhd thing..
PrincessPixie PrincessPixie 9 years
it doesnt matter how big you are Constance. do 1 hour of exercise 365 days a year and you will be healthy. eat veggies, fruit and the occasional piece of cheesecake. dont stress about it and dont drink beer. you dont lose weight if your fretting about it. and iv gone from a size 10 to a 6 (US) in a year, so i know how it works. after every week of exercise, buy a new pair of shoes or a massage. do exercisey things like lunges when you are vaccuuming. dont eat trans fats. avoid salt. have lots of sex, or if you dont do that swim or walk/jog. but dont rush yourself to lose weight - you dont want stretch marks. and remeber there will always be fatter and skinnier people than you and thats ok.
kylake kylake 9 years
I'm the same height as the girl who asked the question. When I was her age I was 105 pounds! I'm pretty dainty-boned though. Now I'm 125 lbs, but most of that is ice cream.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
here's a weird one for you. i have a friend who had lipo on her hips like 8 years ago and now has gained weight. but one thigh is bigger than the other. you only have so many fat cells so the fat has to go somewhere. that freaks me out.
JennaV JennaV 9 years
Soph....I would go to a gym and get a body fat analysis. I think that is a better indicator than BMI. Like e_p said, BMI is sooooo broad. I think if you fall between 20-22%.....you are in a good range.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 9 years
fitsugar is totally necessary. my weekend workout: fit to strip 2 and ny ballet workout + running. i hope my other dvds come in.,
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 9 years
Thanks EP! Not only are you the Popsugar resident sexpert you are also our fitness guru :)
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 9 years
cali, 18.5-24.9 is considered acceptable. now, if you're 40% blubber, then you need to lose weight but i seriously doubt that. frame size should be considered. if you're a small build, you should probably be 18.5-21.5. if you're medium build, you should probably be 20-23. if you're large build, you should probably be 22-25. this all assumes that you have very average muscle:fat ratio.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 9 years
valeri, percentages are B.S. due to differences in frame size (scar jo, nicole richie and jessica alba are totally different builds). some people have tiny builds naturally (kate moss, nicole richie). other's are muscular (kate bosworth pre-anorexia, jessica alba). etc. etc. while tara reid weighs less than mariah carey, mc has lower body fat and is thus healthier. i know people who are around my height, weight 15 lbs less and we share clothes. i'm sure venus williams is "overweight" but she's certainly very fit and looks far better in clothes than other people in her weight class.
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 9 years
Thanks EP, San Francisco is the number 2 thinnest city so I have to stay within range. EP what would my ideal be?
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 9 years
cali, it's 20.4.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
this is kind of bullshit because if she is at the 67th percentile she at the heavy end. that means she doesn't (guessing since she's asking) feel happy about her weight. so how healthy is that?
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 9 years
EP, calculate my BMI for me. I am 22 and 142 lbs (yes I've gained 2 lbs this month). I'm 5"10.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 9 years
Your BMI is less than 25 which is considered normal weight. Pop's assessment (95th percentile) is actually skewed because most Americans are overweight and obese. The number you should focus on is your body fat percentage. less than 30 is acceptable, but it's healthiest to be between 18 and 22% for a woman. Even underweight people can be unhealthy (over 30% body fat) and frankly, not only are risks for diseases increased at that level but you get that gross skinny-fat person thing going.
cams cams 9 years
I'm about to graduate with a degree in nutrition and I wanted to let Weight Conscious Constance know that 145 is actually a perfect weight for her height. BMI can sometimes be a poor indicator of body fat (But usually it is pretty accurate) Here is how we learned how to assess weight: At 5'7", the best range for you is 122-149, depending on bone size. You say you are big boned (meaning if you put your thumb and middle finger around your wrist they don't touch), so your ideal weight is around 149. To find your ideal weight by height, first, consider your height, 5'7" your ideal weight is 100# for the first 5 feet and 5 pounds for every additional inch. So, theoretically, a person of normal bone structure that is 5'7" should weigh=135 (100+ (5*7)) Then you multiply +/- 10% to account for bone size!
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