Muscle vs. Fat
But, the other issue here is our society’s obsession with a size 0 figure and the fitness industry’s preoccupation with a ripped figure. Now, I’m NOT saying ALL personal trainers say this, but if you’re – let’s say – outside of your 18%-22% body fat range (as a woman), are you considered fat, even at a healthy weight? For example, there are many women who fit into the 5’5, 150 lbs, and have a high-end healthy BMI or a few pounds overweight, but with 30-ish percent body fat. Are they considered obese at this point? I don’t think it’s fair to put a medium-height, 150 lb person on the same level as a 300 pound person who has high body fat and is clearly obese. It’s not right to call them obese; all it really means is that they have high body fat and need to tone up – and maybe lose a little weight. For example, The Rock would be considered obese if you looked purely at his weight – but it’s obvious his mass consists mostly of muscle…
It works the same way with someone who is naturally petite and no matter how much they eat, will not gain weight, because of their smaller bone structure and extremely high metabolism. I say this, because I know at least five people who have personally battled with this issue. While some of us may prefer to have their metabolism – as opposed to our own (who wouldn’t want to eat whatever they want and still have “abs”?), because their natural body type is healthier and more susceptible to staying at a lower weight, it’s ok if they stay at the lower end of the BMI chart. It’s ok if they stay at that weight, because they don’t have to eliminate so many calories or resort to starvation to attain a certain weight loss or healthy body weight.