The same goes for, let’s say, a man who is 200 lbs at 6 feet tall and has a rough BMI of 27. In this case, they’re considered “overweight,” but even if their body fat is slightly higher than it should be and their muscle ratio is lower, I believe a man who is 6 feet tall and 200 lbs is at a standard weight for his height. He’s taller and can get away with more weight, but even so, would that make him less healthy than someone who is all muscle and 300 pounds?
That’s the thing. They say BMI is a measure of body fat, but I really think it’s solely based on your height and weight. A 5’4, 145 lb woman isn’t always going to have 25% body fat (at a BMI of 25). Not only that, but the average woman is 5’4, 164 lbs, and a size 12/14. While this means that the above average woman is overweight and some of the below average women are underweight, does this also mean that the average woman is a plus-size? While some plus-size models may not be considered overweight (or very overweight by BMI’s rules) – because of their tall heights – there’s a reason they call those women “plus size” or have “plus size” clothes. Plus-size is indicated by whether a woman is a size 14 or over (with potentially a larger bone structure or height), not to mention that in the modelling world, a size 8-12 (and sometimes even a size 4 or 6) is considered plus-size. But, if you’re not a plus-size – but a size 6-12 – are you still considered overweight or fuller than the average weight? And if you are, then why aren’t you considered plus size?
There are so many contradictions and grey areas about weight in media and society. Should you really become paranoid with a chart that may not even hold true – for you?