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Hi all. I wondered what everyone's view of BMI is. I have been obsessed with my weight and had to stop Weight Watchers as I was just inside my 'healthy' 25 BMI as I was training for the London Marathon and had to have some carbs again. now I am 'overweight' again but feel better than ever but can't really enjoy my body as I hate the scales. I have struggled to eat the amount of food on the glow plan as I'm just not used to that amount of food.

To add insult to injury my 5 year old is also classed as overweight and I got a lovely letter from the school nurse about it.

any advice? help? guidance?

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Lottieb
about 2 years

well body fat percentage is 30.2% so where I've looked that seems healthy.

Guess I need to hide the scales for good ....

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wend75
about 2 years

I also know rugby players and a guy in the armed forces, fittest people I know but classed as overweight! The problem I have with BMI is as Maddy reminds us we are all so different,one size does not fit all! It's about finding a place your comfortable with you. ❤️

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JennM
about 2 years

I wouldn't go by BMI either, it's notoriously inaccurate for measuring healthy weight in people who exercise a lot (rugby players end up calculated as obese!) I think body fat percentage is much more accurate, and would probably prove the school nurse wrong for your children! Although I have sympathy for her as she is probably obliged to send that letter out regardless of how healthy the kids look

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Cheryl72
about 2 years

Don't let the numbers define you; I read the best quote the other week regrading this that said the only thing your weight tells you is your body's relationship with gravity!!! Love it. You are so much more than what the scales say- a marathon runner for starters! Xx

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Ella Cockerell
about 2 years

I wouldn't worry about it. I am an 11st 'overweight' size 8/10 with a 27inch waist. Go with how you feel X

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Madeleine Shaw
about 2 years

Hello gorgeous. BMI is ok, it's a good way to keep track but as the girls have said don't rely too much on the scale as it can vary and be disheartening at times. In terms of the glow guides meals you can eat what you can don't feel like you have to eat it all. You're doing so amazingly well and if you follow the meal plans and eat why you feel is right for you then you will do your body wonders!! I hope that helps beautiful xx

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Lottieb
about 2 years

you're lovely. it makes me so frustrated. I really enjoyed weight watchers as a social thing but couldn't afford to keep going as I could never get down to 'good weight' to be a free member. Then my sons are labeled and I get sarcastic letters about what healthy eating is from.

I am sure there could be something more scientific to work out if you are a healthy weight than BMI.

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pincess
about 2 years

I honestly think you should ignore the scales. You look just right and if your son is a beanpole with a 6 pack he certainly doesn't have to worry. Also if you feel better than ever I think you should listen to that. Ditch the scales - your perfect as you are 😘

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Lottieb
about 2 years

muscle is a big problem, my thighs and calves are solid I have never been able to 'shrink' them.

people always seem shocked when I say I weigh 11st 3. I'm 5foot 6 not a giant, size 10/12 clothes. low blood pressure and am fit and healthy.

Do I simply need to step away from the scales for good....will my children be the same? my 9 year old (going by the calculations that the school nurse does) is also classed as overweight, he has a six pack, is tall and like a bean pole not an ounce of fat on him and has a really healthy life style.

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Gemma Johnson
about 2 years

Bmi is just a guideline and does not always reflect if someone is healthy or not - the way I see it someone with good muscle mass could show as overweight on Bmi scale! Focusing on weight alone is never healthy in my opinion x