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Thursday
Sep302010

I am 5’2”, weigh almost 200lbs and have a 36" waist. My doctor says I am obese but I think I look just fine and I think the BMI index is wrong in my case. I am a physical therapist so I use up a lot of calories. Is there a way I can get him to understand that I am in good shape?

The BMI index measures a person’s overall body mass in relation to a person’s body frame.  The BMI index is inaccurate when it comes to people who exercise regularly and also athletes.  For the rest of the population, the BMI index is surprisingly accurate.  As a physical therapist you may be an active person, but you do not engage in regular exercise.  You have a waist size that is more than 35” and at your height it is clear you are carrying a large amount of mass around your middle.   Women with a waist measurement of more than 35” run a high risk of many diseases associated with obesity.  Without knowing if your doctor ran blood tests, cholesterol tests and diabetes test on you, it’s difficult to say what your overall health is.  However, at 5’2” and at almost 200lbs with a 36” waist, you are definitely placing your organs, your joints and other systems in your body at risk.  It has now been proven that even a small amount of weight loss can substantially reduce your risk of these conditions. See http://www.drlenkravitz.com/Articles/smallchanges.html  Ask your doctor about recommending an exercise and nutrition program for you along with a follow up appointment to check on your progress.