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How do you measure on the 'global fat scale'?

Daryl 2012/07/16 22:52:07
Take the test here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18770328



Using UN data on population size in 177 countries, together with estimates of global weight from the WHO and mean height from national health examination surveys the team were able to calculate average BMI figures for each country.

Using the values that you input into the calculator, it works out your BMI as well as where you are in relation to the rest of the population in your country and the world for your gender and age.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18770328

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  • Wyveryx whateve... 2012/07/18 00:58:47
    Wyveryx
    +1
    can't help it :) My skulls too thick lol
  • La Wyveryx 2012/07/18 12:30:55
    La
    +2
    *shrug* I'm not quite sure. You can be heavy and fit, but people who are usually seen as obese tend not to be fit. But then, the mother of a friend is enormous and looks like it's all fat but apparently it's actually all muscle. She worked out a lot and gained muscle but never lost the fat? Something like that. But I think people like that are the minority.
  • Sweet Insanity 2012/07/17 00:42:08
    Sweet Insanity
    +3
    guess what guys, This thing tells me i'm extremely over weight! Yay! hahahaha! I am comfortable in my body so STFU! :D
  • La Sweet I... 2012/07/17 02:44:35
    La
    +1
    That's the spirit >.>
  • Scream Sweet I... 2012/07/17 07:08:32
    Scream
    +2


    You tell 'em.
  • Mr Marvin 2012/07/17 00:32:09
    Mr Marvin
    +1
    Ample / above average.
  • Prophet 2012/07/17 00:21:53
  • Digman14 2012/07/16 23:57:33
    Digman14
    +1
    BMI is incredibly stupid. Its outdated and needs to be replaced.

    No, I'm not just saying this because mine is 32, I'm saying it because it's true.
  • La Digman14 2012/07/17 02:44:58
    La
    Eh, even if it's not perfect, is there anything better at present?
  • Digman14 La 2012/07/17 15:13:51
    Digman14
    It's not even remotely perfect. My BMI is 32, that's technically obese. If I'm "obese" then why is my heart doing just fine? Why am I not out of breath when I run a few hundred feet? Because BMI only considers weight to be the appropriate measure of health. You can be the heaviest bastard on the planet, but have amazing physical health. It doesn't consider that your weight might just be muscle or bone. It automatically assumes you are fat. I'm 260 pounds, and yeah, I'm a little overweight, but I don't look it. I mean, if you look, you can I'm clearly not in the best of shape. I'm not stricken with diabetes, or any of the health risks associated with being "obese". I'm decently healthy, even though I could stand to lose about 10 or 20 pounds.

    That's why I'm saying it needs to be replaced.
  • La Digman14 2012/07/18 12:33:34
    La
    +1
    Yes, I didn't say it was close to perfect, and I asked if you knew of anything better >.> I'm not aware of another system that has been offered as an alternative....

    How tall are you? And just because you don't have health problems from being overweight doesn't mean you will never have any in the future. But then, if you're really not overweight, and it's all muscle, why let it bother you?
  • Digman14 La 2012/07/18 14:58:01
    Digman14
    +1
    I'm 6'3, and yeah, I probably will have health problems in the future, but you can die from pretty much anything these days.

    It bothers me because it tells me I'm "obese", and my family continues to annoy me about it. I AM overweight, but it's not "heart attack" overweight. Should I start running 10 minutes a day? Yeah, I probably should. Will it kill me if I don't? Probably not for a while.
  • ETpro 2012/07/16 23:54:31 (edited)
    ETpro
    +1
    My BMI is 24. It says, "You have a lower BMI than 88% of males aged 60-69 in your country. You have a lower BMI than 58% of males aged 60-69 in the world. Are all us Sodaheads slim and trim? Maybe it's all the typing that does it. If everyone in the world had the same BMI as you, it would remove 547,537 tonnes from the total weight of the world's population."

    I'm like an average guy from Senagal in weight, but much lighter in skin color. And I don't like anything on my head. :-)
    Men of senegal
  • SiliconSorcerer 2012/07/16 23:46:39
    SiliconSorcerer
    +1
    23 BMI
    You have a lower BMI than 90% of males aged 45-59 in your country
    You have a lower BMI than 63% of males aged 45-59 in the world
  • Mark Mercer 2012/07/16 23:16:27
    Mark Mercer
    +2
    25 bmi....below normal globaly, and for my country...
  • RJeffreySavlov 2012/07/16 23:13:39
    RJeffreySavlov
    +2
    Lower than 70% in the US but higher that th80% in the world. It says to me that BMI is a crock and there are thousands of health professionals who agree. If I was malnourished and 40 lbs. lighter they think that it's good? Bull!!!
  • La RJeffre... 2012/07/17 02:46:06
    La
    Oh that's interesting, I haven't seen an answer yet of someone who is low for their country but high for the world. Suppose the US was pretty high up that list....
  • Gunner 2012/07/16 23:10:52
    Gunner
    +2
    24bmi
    BMI is an estimate of how "overweight" or "obese" a person is
    National
    Below average
    You have a lower BMI than 86% of males aged 45-59 in your country
    Global
    Below average
    You have a lower BMI than 55% of males aged 45-59 in the world

    You're most like someone from Thailand
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2012/07/16 23:08:00
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    +3
    BMI of 25... below average for US (<84%) and Global (<50%). I'll have fries with that.
  • Anna 2012/07/16 23:06:39
    Anna
    +2
    BMI 18, lower than 95% of females aged 15-29 in the Us, lower than 80% of females aged 15-29 in the world. Apparently I most likely would be from Vietnam.
  • La Anna 2012/07/17 02:46:48
    La
    +1
    Ouchhh that was the last country on the list! 18 is pretty low as well. Do you think you're underweight?
  • Anna La 2012/07/17 03:39:04
    Anna
    +1
    I'm pretty healthy, though on the thin side while also being tall.
  • Gambit 2012/07/16 23:04:17
    Gambit
    +1
    I'm a 22 most like a person from Liberia. Now I want to go meet my peeps. I was raised in England and now have lived in the USA for half my life not sure what that says regarding either countries diets as I'm kinda way under. Guess I'm going to eat that cherry pie tonight, the whole damn thing. Yay!
  • La Gambit 2012/07/17 02:47:46
    La
    22 is just about average, or if not dead centre of average, then slightly above dead centre. You probably don't need to actively try to gain weight >.>
  • boss hawg 2012/07/16 23:04:02
    boss hawg
    +1
    ok, notice to the world. americans are different. we set our own standard. i look good. i'm not fat. so i'm ok with with whatever my bmi is. peace
  • La boss hawg 2012/07/17 02:47:55
    La
    Lol.....
  • Cunningmungus 2012/07/16 23:03:21
    Cunningmungus
    +2
    So 28 BMI? I guess that is OK? 63% in usa have more than me. DR phil fat meme
  • La Cunning... 2012/07/17 02:48:14
    La
    +2
    28 BMI is pretty high....
  • zebsmom Cunning... 2012/07/17 04:54:50
    zebsmom
    +2
    You're doing fine. Which is to say you're about the same as me :-)
  • Cunning... zebsmom 2012/07/17 22:55:33
    Cunningmungus
    +1
    6'3" 225 lbs..
  • zebsmom Cunning... 2012/07/19 23:52:54
    zebsmom
    +2
    5'11" 200
  • Cunning... zebsmom 2012/07/20 21:39:16
    Cunningmungus
    +1
    You are a tall gal..
  • zebsmom Cunning... 2012/07/21 23:42:25
    zebsmom
    Yup. Though in my family I'm considered petite.
  • ☆ElenaDiamond☆ 2012/07/16 22:58:48
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    +4
    I am not sure I like the result. BMI of 23 . Lower than 86% of the U.S. and Most like someone from Rwanda?

    I thought 141 pounds was average.
  • Gunner ☆ElenaD... 2012/07/16 23:17:51
    Gunner
    +1
    Rwanda? Is that a county in NY? :o)
  • ☆ElenaD... Gunner 2012/07/16 23:20:36
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    +1
    Hehehe. NO.
  • Gunner ☆ElenaD... 2012/07/16 23:24:31
    Gunner
    +1
    I'm still looking at a map of Michigan. For the life of me, I can't find Thailand.
  • La ☆ElenaD... 2012/07/17 02:53:02
    La
    +1
    Um, I don't think 141 is the average weight in America. All the stats say 70% of Americans are overweight....141 pounds is only 63 kilos...that might be 'average' weight as in between skinny and overweight, but I don't think it's America's average weight as in the average person.....

    Anyway you shouldn't worry. 23 is a fine BMI. Who cares if the majority of people are fatter than you? Just worry about your own health :)

    "Meanwhile, the average weight for men aged 20-74 years rose dramatically from 166.3 pounds in 1960 to 191 pounds in 2002, while the average weight for women the same age increased from 140.2 pounds in 1960 to 164.3 pounds in 2002."

    This is like 10 years old but you can assume it's gone up since then...

    http://usgovinfo.about.com/od...
  • ☆ElenaD... La 2012/07/17 02:55:45
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    +1
    I mean, I always thought I was an average build. Not skinny, not fat. Now I got compared to a Rwandan!! LOL... I am thinner than 86% of America... Oh well.... I am healthy and thats all that matters I 'spose.
  • Scream ☆ElenaD... 2012/07/17 07:09:57
    Scream
    It is. I guess 86% of the US are a little above your average. Which is to say they either have a lot of fat or a lot of muscle.

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