Are the BMI norms for asians are different than for other races?
For example, a normal looking asian male: height: 5'6/168cm weight:108lbs/49kg
But according to his BMI of 17 he's underweight. It's the same with other asians too.
It makes me feel like even when I was underweight, height: 5'6 weight: 110, I wasn't that thin at all, even though people asked me if I was sick! And I'm female, for gods sake! T.T:
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I think there's now a different BMI formula for Asians, due to their typically shorter height and lighter bones. I can't remember what it is, I just read it somewhere. You can look it up if you think it'll helpI give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.
The formula's the same, but I'm pretty sure that it's the underweight/healthy/overweight guild lines that are different and it varies by country.
An Asian person can have a lower BMI (not sure exactly of the correct number), but say a BMI of 18, and still be considered healthy. The reverse is also true, a BMI of 23 (not 25) is considered overweight.4'10. 21.
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I don't know about BMI, but Asians are shaped differently. For example, two of my coworkers are Chinese. Their bodies are completely different than Americans with a European heritage, they don't have the hips and boobs and waist (hourglass) that we do. If I weighed 60 pounds, I still wouldn't look like my coworker because my bones are so different from hers, my hip bones are bigger than hers. And if she gained 90 pounds, she'd look different from an obese American because she'd be more round-ish from having a less defined waist, smaller hip bones, and so on.
I am Asian and our healthy BMI weight range is 18 to 23. An Asian woman supposedly has higher body fat at a lower BMI compared to Caucasians. Being underweight generally isn't a cause of alarm because there are plenty of girls running around with a natural BMI of 16 (tiny frame, no portruding bones at all, healthy skin/hair etc).
I have been told numerous times by non-disordered people that I am still chubby with a BMI of 17ish though I probably look a good bit heavier because of lighter bones and such.
Last edited by shescomeundone; 04-11-2011 at 01:32 AM.