Am I Fat? How To Tell If You're Truly Overweight

Am I Fat? How To Tell If You're Truly Overweight
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Am I fat or overweight and how to figure this out.

Life can be interesting. Sometimes it seems to be going fairly well. You seem to be adapting fairly well and do not have major issues. 

And then you realize, my clothes seem to be a little tight. The next time you go to buy clothes, you need to buy a bigger size.

At some point, you ask yourself “Am I fat?” This is a question that can bring negative feelings and negative images. What should you do about it?

This article will help you decide if you are truly fat or overweight.

The issue of feeling fat is different than you are fat. You may be skinny and feel fat. You may be a normal weight and feel fat. And you can be overweight and not feel fat.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary fat (adjective) is …plump…having excess body fat…well filled out…(verb) obesity…something in excess.

As you can see, fat is not a term with a specific measurement.  On the other hand, overweight can be determined by calculating the Body Mass Index (BMI).

The idea is to find the fact, am I really overweight or obese, to look at it from a measurement rather than a feeling.

BMI is a measurement that is based on your height and weight. First, determine your current height and weight. Then you can go to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to calculate your BMI.

The range for telling if you are overweight is 25 to 29.9. The normal range that you want to be in is 18.5 to 24.9. 

Perhaps you find that your BMI is more than you expected and you are actually obese. This is a BMI of over 30.0.

Maybe you are actually underweight and just feel you are fat. This means that your BMI is less than 18.5. If your BMI is to low, it can be life-threatening.

You can download the BMI app if you want to.

You may be wondering if your child is overweight. You can go to Stanford Children’s Health to calculate your child’s BMI. The results will be shown on a growth chart for your child and will tell you if they are overweight.

You need to be aware there are limitations to BMI. If you are extremely muscular. It might show that you are overweight when this is not actually the case.

Understand that finding your BMI is just a fact of where you are at this moment in time. 

It can be discouraging to know that you are overweight. Finding your BMI is one way to let you know if you are overweight.  

Now that you have this information, you get to choose what you want to do about it. 

Perhaps there is too much going on in your life. You do not have the time or energy to deal with the goal of adjusting your weight. Always allow yourself the freedom to deal with it when you are ready.

You are able to deal with your weight.  You get to decide when it is best for you to make any changes.

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Audrey Tait is a counselor, dietitian, author and founder of Inspirational Insights Counseling, Inc., who helps people overcome addictions, eating disorders, and create positive affirmations in their lives.

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