Originally Posted by ejonesy
According to this:
waist / height < 0.5 and waist / hip < 0.8
My waist/height is .51 and My wist/hip is .81
What does that mean? According to the BMI calculator by the CDC I'm almost obese....am I?
By waist/height and waist/hip, you are slightly above what are typically considered "healthy" ranges, so it may help to lose a little body fat. Although if you are very muscular in the abdomen area, it is possible that there is not much fat to lose. However
, someone who is truly obese will likely have far higher waist/height and waist/hip ratios; it is likely that you have much more muscle than most women, so even if you lose a little body fat, you may still be heavy. But having more muscle is a good thing in general for health; besides making your stronger, it increases resting metabolism so that you won't pack on the fat as easily.
Note that most height and weight or BMI based criteria for determining "overweight" or "obesity" do not account for muscle versus fat weight, because most people's extra weight is fat. But if you are a muscular athlete, body fat percentage measurements may be a better way of finding out if you are carrying too much body fat (it is high body fat
, as opposed to high body weight
, that is really the health risk).
Don't worry so much about the jeans size (and remember that clothing sizes are often inconsistent), since if you and someone else wear the same size, but the other person has a fat belly hanging out and you do not, you are less fat and more healthy. And remember that everyone is different; try to make the best use of the advantages of your body type (more muscle => stronger, better sports performance) rather than try to become someone you are not (and some of those dainty and slim looking women have so little muscle that their body fat percentage is unhealthily high -- sometimes called sarcopenia or "skinny fat").