Five 150 lb. Women, Different Dress Sizes and Different Heights

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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:41:37 PM
A woman from a fitness blog posted this picture on Facebook:



I recall seeing this picture in a magazine, but I don't remember which one.

The blogger meant to post it as a reminder to women that weight looks different on different people, so stop obsessing on that number and focus on feeling healthy.

It opened up an interesting discussion. A few people said that the picture didn't give them a warm, fuzzy feeling, but made them realize that 150 lbs. doesn't look good on anyone.

How do you feel about this picture? Does it give you any revelations about weight or is it something you've already thought about and accepted?


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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:43:46 PM
Yeah...makes me realize how "fat" 150 is, lol!



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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:45:16 PM
I posted a thread a year ago with a picture of a friend and I. She's 6'1 or something like that and we both weighed the same but looked so different, I was shocked when I found this out.




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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:45:25 PM
I think it's interesting, and I also think the size is interesting. My sister is 5'2" and about 150 and wears a size 10 (I shop with her all the time) so it also depends on where you carry your weight and how you are built.

I mostly just find our obsession with weight/size fascinating whatever end of the spectrum, from "Everyone is too fat" to "I'm just the way I am and I'm ok" to "I'm fat and will never be good enough". All just interesting.


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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:46:35 PM
The most surprising thing to me is that the shortest woman wears a 14 while the woman next to her wears an 18. I would expect that to be reversed. It really shows how differently people can carry weight and how those different patterns can influence the perception of how heavy they are/aren't.

It also shows how much clothes make a difference. I bet the 5' 11" woman looks quite slim in many types of clothes, though this picture draws your eye right to where she carries all her weight - hips/lower abdomen/upper thighs. But her limbs and upper body are slim.

It is interesting how different weight can look on women.

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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:47:20 PM
Doesn't make me feel warm and fuzzy.


ETA: I'm not sure what clothing sizes say about anyone's body. I'm 5'1", weigh 110, and wear anything from a size 4 to a size 10. It just depends on who makes it.

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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:48:25 PM
I am 150lbs and 5'4" and wear a size 10. I am comfortable with it, I could lose maybe 10 lbs, but am happy here.



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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:52:38 PM
To quote Garfield the Cat, "I'm not overweight, I'm undertall."

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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:55:25 PM
I'm 6'1" and 200 lbs. I have never been this "big", but can't exercise because my RA is active, plus I'm on so many medications that make it impossible to lose weight. In clothes, I don't look overweight. I guess that is the gift of height. But I wear a size 14-16 in pants. When people who know me hear that, they can't believe it.

The lady all the way on the right is my height. I was 145-150 in high school and I was skeletal. I couldn't put on weight because I was extremely active and had a high metabolism. I don't think I looked healthy at all.

I found it is very interesting. Clothing sizes really do have to take so much into account. It depends WHERE you carry your weight. I wish I could afford to have all my clothes tailored!


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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:56:11 PM
Notice the difference on where the weight is carried too! The 5'4" woman has a larger bust, and abdomen but she is a size 18 where the shorter gal has the weight in her hips and thighs and is a size 14!

Same for the gal that is 5'11" the difference where her weight is, from the gal to her left and right.





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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:56:51 PM
It matters too if you are apple, pear or boy shaped... I think that makes a huge difference.


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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:57:33 PM
Weight tells us so little, doesn't it? I saw this picture on Pinterest:



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Posted: 7/24/2012 1:08:40 PM
That picture makes it clear to me that I'm too short for my weight. I'm 5'5" and 130 pounds, and I have a lot more fat than I want or need. If I was 6 foot and 130 pounds, I don't think I'd be fat. Of course, I could probably work out a lot, build up some muscle, drop some fat and look a whole lot better at 5'5" 130 lbs., but it would be so much easier to just grow 7 inches overnight. Not to mention that I could then reach the stuff on the top shelf in the kitchen.

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Posted: 7/24/2012 1:17:06 PM
I'm 5'4" and weigh 143. I wear a size 8-10 (carry it in my middle) but have very muscular legs and arms. I run and workout daily, so it's not like I weigh more because I'm simply a couch potato. I'm always trying to lose 5 lbs, but DH says I look great, so that's what matters.


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Posted: 7/24/2012 1:23:24 PM
During my fitness journey over the last five years, I've had to reteach my brain how very *little* the number on the scale actually means...but I still struggle with it from time to time.

I started changing my lifestyle five years ago and in the first year I went from 145lb (I'm 5'4" to 119lbs, all with diet and 10-30 minutes on the treadmill, three -- maybe four -- days a week.

Since then, I've added so many things to my routine. I run regularly, work with a personal trainer, register for races, do bootcamps...things I never would have thought I could do five years ago...and probably couldn't have.

But, in the process, I've gained back 12lbs and now weigh 131lbs. When that started happening it was really hard for me and I became obsessive about working it off.

But I realized, after talking with my trainer, that even though I've gained weight, my body has changed for the better. I can still wear many of the clothes I first bought after my initial weight loss (yes, I still wear clothes I bought four years ago, LOL)...I'm bigger, but I'm stronger.

And I have had to *really* work hard not to be dependent on that number on my scale. That doesn't mean it means *nothing*...it just means that it's not as important as I always thought it was.

I think our society needs to concentrate less on weight and size and more on health and strength. I see so many women in the gym who work their asses off. Some of them are bigger than others, most of them bigger than me, but pretty much all of them could kick my ass blindfolded.

It's time for this world to wake up and realize that thin doesn't always mean beautiful and size 18 can sometimes be healthier than size 10.


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Posted: 7/24/2012 1:24:21 PM
Your build definitely matters. I'm 5'5" and still carrying around baby weight so I'm quite a bit heavier than those ladies and I'm in a size 12. People that see me fully clothed have no idea I weigh as much as I do.




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Posted: 7/24/2012 1:32:53 PM
Along with carrying weight differently, are each of these people trying on the exact same clothes by the same designer? If not, the sizes can be very misleading. I wear a 10 almost every where I shop. If I shop in a high end clothes store, due to vanity sizing, my size drops with many designers to at least an 8. Does that mean I am an 8? No.

I workout a lot. I have my share of fat but I also have a lot of muscle. I am 5'6" and weigh about 150, give or take a couple of pounds and usually wear a 10.





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Posted: 7/24/2012 1:34:20 PM
I am about 165 now and 5' 3" and wear a 14 or a 12 in most things. But I am also very muscular so I think that makes a big difference. I still have about 20 lbs to lose which I think will put me in a ten. Don't know where I'll end up but my fitness and body fat matter more to me than the number on the scale or my pants size.


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Posted: 7/24/2012 2:53:39 PM
About 100 years ago when I was in high school, my DB and DS were bugging the heck out of my youngest DB and me about how fat we were. Both of them are 5'10"ish and my youngest DB and I are much shorter. Much arguing ensued and the scales were pulled out. To their dismay each and every one of us weighed 119 lbs. What are the odds?

It was great but it was also eye opening in that they could get away with much heavier weights than we could and still look thin.

Ah, to see 119 again. The only time I see it is on the way to a much higher number.


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Posted: 7/24/2012 2:54:48 PM
I think most of the women look fine at 150. Obviously the shorter one looks the most over weight.


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Posted: 7/24/2012 3:18:01 PM
I am 6ft, and 220lbs. I am overweight for my height, and I do want to be healthier.

I wear a 16 and because of boobs an 18 on top sometimes.

Most people can't believe I weigh so much, I was pretty skinny at 160lbs in high school.


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Posted: 7/24/2012 3:30:39 PM
At 150 lbs I wear a size 4 (across the board, most major stores and brands, not some rouge pair of pants). I'm only 5'5", but in all honesty I think I have really heavy bones or something (my mom is built the same way, just 3 inches shorter).



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Posted: 7/24/2012 4:05:19 PM

I am 6ft, and 220lbs. I am overweight for my height, and I do want to be healthier.

I wear a 16 and because of boobs an 18 on top sometimes.

Most people can't believe I weigh so much, I was pretty skinny at 160lbs in high school.



People can never believe DH is over 200lbs either because he is pretty fit, but it comes with the height. (They would probably not guess I weigh as much as I do, either, but I don't tell anyone my weight so they don't have the opportunity- ha!)

It's interesting how your perspective on weight can really depend on your frame of reference, too. DH and I are tall, as are most of the men in my life so I don't think of 200lbs as a lot at all. When I hear someone reference 200lbs as a lot, especially for a man, it sounds so strange to me!

I'm actually surprised the woman on the far right doesn't look smaller. 148 is the smallest healthy weight for a 6 ft tall woman with a medium frame, so at 6'1" she's on the cusp of being underweight.



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Posted: 7/24/2012 4:11:48 PM
Muscle takes up less space then fat. I think it would be more interesting if they compared five 150 lb women at the same height.

I'm 5'5, weigh 180-185, and wear a size 10, medium on top. I would like to lose another 20-30 lbs, but really how many women have a goal weight of 150-160? I do, but I will look like I weigh 120 or less. I'll be happy with that. The number on the scale doesn't bother me, but I know it does bother most women.


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Posted: 7/24/2012 4:17:07 PM

At 150 lbs I wear a size 4 (across the board, most major stores and brands, not some rouge pair of pants). I'm only 5'5", but in all honesty I think I have really heavy bones or something (my mom is built the same way, just 3 inches shorter).



A year of regular exercise can increase your bone density by 20% (which is why exercise is recommended to prevent osteoporosis).
Since your skeleton is a pretty significant portion of your weight I've always thought that it makes sense that if you're fit, you take up less space, but weigh more. That's in addition to the fact that a lb of muscle takes up less space than a lb of fat.

Which explains why some Olympic athletes have what is considered to be in the "obese" range but really they aren't anywhere near obese.
BMI isn't a very good diagnostic number.






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Posted: 7/24/2012 4:25:09 PM
My daughter wanted to know about the picture. I said, "That picture shows us how people come in all shapes and sizes." She pointed to the one on the left and said, "That one looks like you." To which I agreed, because I am usually the shortest in any group of adults.

Most of them have cellulite and none of them look like models. Those are bodies I can identify with. I would like to see clothes modeled by ladies like them in catalogs. Would tell me a lot more about what to order and what to skip!

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Posted: 7/24/2012 4:27:15 PM
Yeah. I could definitely stand to gain some height. But no matter how much I eat, it doesn't seem to be happening.



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Posted: 7/24/2012 4:43:45 PM
Because of my small frame people tend to underestimate my weight. Often sarcastically. Irritates me. I'm about 5'4" or so.



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Posted: 7/24/2012 4:53:22 PM
I remember when the show Roseanne was on and Roseanne Barr got to her heaviest point. The Enquirer ran a headline that said "Roseanne tips the scales at 150 pounds!" I remember thinking "They really have no idea what 150 pounds looks like."

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Posted: 7/24/2012 4:59:34 PM
One thing that strikes me is how much difference flattering clothing makes. There are very few people out there who would look good in that outfit. I'm betting if we saw most of these women it flattering clothing we would not be talking about the fact that they are overweight. That's not to say that some of them arn't overweight, jsut that knowing your body shape and dressing for it can make a huge difference in the waypeope perceive you.

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Posted: 7/24/2012 5:11:10 PM

I think our society needs to concentrate less on weight and size and more on health and strength.


After returning from Europe, I'm not sure I agree with that. Each and every obese person I saw in Europe was an American. It's the impression the world has of us...fat. The Europeans were generally of a much healthier weight. I would argue that our American society is not concerned enough with weight and size, especially since we know obesity is at epidemic proportions. No, we can't all be stick figures, but how many Americans are perfectly content being 20, 40, 60+ lbs overweight? Far too many.

ETA - I should clarify that I think health and strength should go hand in hand with weight. It all matters.

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Posted: 7/24/2012 5:47:09 PM
I think if you are naturally more muscular you can easily carry more weight than someone with less tone.

I am 5'10", 130 lbs., and wear a 6 on the bottom, small on top. I have super low muscle tone though, have cellulite on butt/thighs etc. If I had more muscle I could weigh 150 and probably not look that much different.


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Posted: 7/24/2012 11:19:57 PM
Your weight and size are so temporary. The commentors on that blog are twits. The tallest person looked absolutely fine at her weight. That being said, I wouldn't tell anyone that they looked hideous at that weight. Bleh. I've been 150 (at 5') for a while, and I was in a size 12/14. Was it overweight for me? Yup! Was it unhealthy for me? Yup! I feel much better in my 114-119 range BUT weight changes for body types and ages. Definitely!!!!!!!!!!!! 10 years ago I looked much better at 103. If I were 103 right now, I'd look like a cancer patient. It all doesn't matter as long as you're the healthiest you could be!









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Posted: 7/25/2012 12:40:05 AM
I weigh anywhere between 148-151 and am 5'9 and I wear either a 6-8. I crossfit 6 days a week ,so I am fairly toned not sure if that makes me wear a smaller size or if it's vanity sizing, probably a little of both, I am super leggy (35 inch inseam ) and really short waisted.... i tened to wear an 8 more often than a size, in jeans for what its worth.

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Posted: 7/25/2012 12:57:20 AM
Wow, that's very interesting!!

Although I don't see how girl 3 could weigh the same as girl 4 - she's shorter and slimmer.

ETA: I'm now depressed. I have converted pounds to kilos and now realise that I am more than 150 pounds. At 160cm (which is just over 5'2" ) I am fatter than the first girl in the picture.

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Posted: 7/25/2012 7:37:06 AM

The most surprising thing to me is that the shortest woman wears a 14 while the woman next to her wears an 18. I would expect that to be reversed. It really shows how differently people can carry weight and how those different patterns can influence the perception of how heavy they are/aren't.

It also shows how much clothes make a difference. I bet the 5' 11" woman looks quite slim in many types of clothes, though this picture draws your eye right to where she carries all her weight - hips/lower abdomen/upper thighs. But her limbs and upper body are slim.

It is interesting how different weight can look on women.
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Posted: 7/25/2012 7:57:03 AM
I can't get over not worrying about your weight. I'm fat (175) and need to be in shape. I'm going to feel good if I see numbers going off the scale.

My problem right now is having no energy because of my son not sleeping.







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Posted: 7/25/2012 9:18:16 AM
I find comparisons like this fascinating for some reason. I think the taller two can carry it off pretty well.


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Posted: 7/25/2012 10:00:29 AM
That is weird!

I am 5'2", weigh 145 pounds and wear a size 6 in most jeans and an 8 in most other clothing. I do want to lose inches in my thighs, and tone up my midsection, but I was 230 pounds about 4 years ago and wore a size 20 or 22. So, to me, the weight/size I am currently is much better than I used to be. I think I look thinner than the ladies shown, but I guess I haven't had a picture made in white tank/boy shorts either.


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Posted: 7/25/2012 10:16:11 AM
Hmmmm. I'm 5' 7" and weigh around 150 and I can regularly wear size 4 & 6. I have a hard time believing those taller girls are really wearing those sizes at those heights.


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Posted: 7/25/2012 10:38:26 AM
I have a hard time believing the 2 taller women wear those sizes for their height, but I'm horrible at eyeing people up, so I tend to refrain from even trying.


After returning from Europe, I'm not sure I agree with that. Each and every obese person I saw in Europe was an American. It's the impression the world has of us...fat. The Europeans were generally of a much healthier weight. I would argue that our American society is not concerned enough with weight and size, especially since we know obesity is at epidemic proportions. No, we can't all be stick figures, but how many Americans are perfectly content being 20, 40, 60+ lbs overweight? Far too many.
I would kind of amend that to Europeans thinking of North Americans as fat, but America takes the brunt of it.

And yes, we are much bigger than our European counterparts for a variety of reasons. Europe doesn't really do fast food, eat in their cars, rush through meals, eat a great deal of processed food. They don't snack, nibble and they don't really diet. Many European countries have great school lunches as well.

We, on the other hand, are almost opposite in our food cultures. Much of that is squarely on the shoulders of poor government handling in step with mega corporate interests, but we also have fallen for our own food culture as the norm. I think many are starting to wake up and join in an effort towards whole foods, but it will take time.

When I'm 150, I wear sizes 8 or 10 at 5ft6in. I carry my weight squarely in my belly, sigh, my accursed belly.


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Posted: 7/25/2012 10:48:44 AM

Hmmmm. I'm 5' 7" and weigh around 150 and I can regularly wear size 4 & 6. I have a hard time believing those taller girls are really wearing those sizes at those heights.


As I mentioned earlier, I am 6'1". When I was down to 145, I struggled to get into a size 8 in pants, so I believe it. I was an easy 8 in dresses. It has so much to do with rise, shoulder width, etc. Tall women tend to have broader shoulders and a longer rise...


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Posted: 7/25/2012 10:53:31 AM
Casii, I also find Europeans are much more active. On a recent trip to Sweden, DS's host family told us that she bikes the 45 minutes to (and from) work every day. When we asked her what she does in winter, her response was, 'studded tires'.


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Posted: 7/25/2012 10:57:13 AM
I'm fascinated that parts of this thread have gone into discussion about obesity when in fact nobody in that picture is obese!

From a quick look at a BMI chart: woman #1 is in the middle of the overweight category (NOT obese or bordering on it), #2 is slightly overweight, #3 and #4 are well within the normal weight range, and #5 is bordering on underweight.

As a society we carry on and on about our obsession with weight being a health issue, but these women are really pretty healthy weight-wise (#1 being the exception, #2 and #5 aren't quite in that range but are pretty darn close). Yet I think many of us look at them and still see women that "need" to lose weight- why?



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Posted: 7/25/2012 1:10:25 PM

About 100 years ago when I was in high school, my DB and DS were bugging the heck out of my youngest DB and me about how fat we were. Both of them are 5'10"ish and my youngest DB and I are much shorter. Much arguing ensued and the scales were pulled out. To their dismay each and every one of us weighed 119 lbs. What are the odds?

It was great but it was also eye opening in that they could get away with much heavier weights than we could and still look thin.



I think you are missing the point. You and your youngest DB WERE fatter than your taller siblings at the same weight. Just because two people are the same weight doesn't mean that they are both fat....or thin....depending on height.

I think the whole point of that picture is to realize that your healthy weight depends on your height so don't get hung up on the number on the scale. A person who is 6 feet tall and weighs 170 pounnds is not overweight at all. Society seems to think that 120 pounds is the "ideal weight" however that's only ideal if you are about 5'3".


It also shows how much clothes make a difference. I bet the 5' 11" woman looks quite slim in many types of clothes, though this picture draws your eye right to where she carries all her weight - hips/lower abdomen/upper thighs. But her limbs and upper body are slim.




That 5'11" woman IS slim! I have an ideal body weight calculator and ideal body weight for 5'11" is 159lbs. It goes to show what people perceive as being overweight or not. In no way, shape or form is that 5'11" woman overweight.


I find comparisons like this fascinating for some reason. I think the taller two can carry it off pretty well.


That's because they are NOT OVERWEIGHT!!! They happen to be TALL!!! and tall people HAVE to weigh more than short people. Yikes. It isn't a matter of carrying it off at all. It would be an interesting exercise to find half a dozen women who are a range of heights who weigh 120lbs. You would see that someone of that weight who was 5'11" or 5'1" would be skeletal and severely underweight and the women around 5' to 5'5" would be right at a good weight.

This is where BMI and waist circumference come into play. Yes, we need to focus on the scale less but it still is an important indicator of how close you are to a healthy weight. Maybe not right on if you are extremely muscular or have a very tiny frame but it will be a close indication. You just have to realize that taller people will be a healthy weight at a higher weight and shorter people have to weigh less to be at a healthy weight.

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Posted: 7/25/2012 1:19:04 PM

It also shows how much clothes make a difference. I bet the 5' 11" woman looks quite slim in many types of clothes, though this picture draws your eye right to where she carries all her weight - hips/lower abdomen/upper thighs. But her limbs and upper body are slim.

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That 5'11" woman IS slim! I have an ideal body weight calculator and ideal body weight for 5'11" is 159lbs. It goes to show what people perceive as being overweight or not. In no way, shape or form is that 5'11" woman overweight.

I didn't mean to imply that she is overweight. But when you look at this photo, your eye is drawn her to heaviest area - the hips/upper thighs. And she is a little "heavy" there - meaning that her weight is not carried proportionally over her body, it's concentrated there. The rest of her body is much slimmer in comparison. However, since you notice the heaviest part first, it gives the impression that she is heavier than she actually is. I don't think I'm explaining this well LOL.

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Posted: 7/25/2012 1:44:26 PM
It shows me the first lady is a liar. I can't believe she wears a 14 and the lady next to her wears an 18.

lol



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Posted: 7/25/2012 1:52:33 PM

I think you are missing the point. You and your youngest DB WERE fatter than your taller siblings at the same weight.
Their BMI might have been higher, but they weren't necessarily fatter.

Just as BMI is a better indication of health than just weight, body fat % is a better indication of health than BMI.


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Posted: 7/25/2012 1:54:47 PM

It shows me the first lady is a liar. I can't believe she wears a 14 and the lady next to her wears an 18.

lol


I disagree with this. The second lady has very broad shoulders and big boobs, while the first lady has very narrow shoulders and small boobs. They are stating the dress size that each of these ladies wear, so I do think the second woman would need a larger dress than the first to fit the upper portion of her body.

I don't think any of those women look overweight.



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Posted: 7/25/2012 1:54:52 PM

It shows me the first lady is a liar. I can't believe she wears a 14 and the lady next to her wears an 18.
I think the lady next to her needs a size 18 to cover the size of her chest.


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