Obese verses over weight

Cookie Roma
By Cookie Roma Latest Reply 2012-09-27 01:04:17 -0500
Started 2012-09-24 20:14:10 -0500

Can anyone tell me how over weight one must be to be considered obese.

Tags: weight loss

9 replies

mystikfairy61 2012-09-27 01:04:17 -0500 Report

I am in the midst of a weight loss battle. I have found numerous sites that address this. I have found a body fat calculator online that is easy to use. The site is:


For the BMI here is one that breaks the numbers up quite a bit.

18.5 or less underweight
18.5 to 24.99 normal
25 to 29.99 overweight
30 to 34.99 obese class 1
35 to 39.99 obese class 2
over 40 morbid obesity

It is true that people who have more muscle will have a higher BMI. That is the reason I put the body fat calculator on here as well.

awakening2health 2012-09-26 14:29:45 -0500 Report

BMI (body mass index) is a rough approximation of body fat really. So too is waist circumference. Ultimately the most accurate way to measure body fat requires total body immersion - so this isn't too practical. Electrical impedance measiurement is more accurate than BMI, and some docs have this instrument.

Sometimes people gain weight, but lose body fat (because they have put on some muscle - this is a good thing!!). It can be pretty useful to have an accurate measurement of body fat and lean body mass.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-09-25 01:45:14 -0500 Report

This will depend on your height as well as the weight range you should be in.

An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.

If you read just about anything regarding health, you'll see it says a BMI of 25 or below (not too low) is good. There are weight scales that will help you figure out your BMI if you haven't been to the dr recently. You can call your drs office and ask them this question since they will have your last weigh in and they will tell you what your weight should be at.

I personally can look at myself and figure out if I'm obese or not without using the BMI, scale, etc. We just have to be honest when looking and then take action to make the healthy change, regardless of how hard it is or how long it takes, just keep working at it:)

Irish1951 2012-09-24 20:54:21 -0500 Report

When this BMI first made the headlines, I remember that one of the examples that was used to counter the use was a certain basketball player. At the top of his career, Shaq's weight put him in the "morbidly obese" category. We should all be so lucky!!

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2012-09-24 20:29:34 -0500 Report

I'm not convinced BMI is a good thing. I mean if a person is extremely muscular they have a higher BMI, even if they have very low body fat.

MAYS 2012-09-24 21:32:43 -0500 Report

That is one of the faults of the BMI system, that is where the other systems of calculation come into play, such as: BMR, Hip to Waist Ratio, and Body Fat Calculators.
All of these calculators are listed on this site and give a much more complete picture once that information has been input and calculated.


MAYS 2012-09-24 20:27:09 -0500 Report

Check out this Body Mass Index Calculator which should help you figure this out:


BMI (Body Mass Index) is a measurement of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both men and women between the ages of 18 and 65 years.

BMI can be used to indicate if you are overweight, obese, underweight or normal. A healthy BMI score is between 20 and 25. A score below 20 indicates that you may be underweight; a value above 25 indicates that you may be overweight.

Please remember, however, that this is only one of many possible ways to assess your weight. If you have any concerns about your weight, please discuss them with your physician, who is in a position, unlike this BMI calculator, to address your specific individual situation.

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