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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  Ask your doctor about recommending an exercise and nutrition program for you along with a follow up appointment to check on your progress.


My friend says I eat too many refined and sugary foods and that will put me at risk for metabolic syndrome. What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a condition where your metabolism has become affected by your eating habits – and not in a good way! It is sort of like a pre-diabetic condition. This condition is becoming more common among those who are overweight or obese and is often related to eating refined foods and consuming too many things with a high sugar content. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

 Having three or more of the following conditions indicates risk of metabolic syndrome:

  • Having extra belly fat and a larger waist.  (35” or more for a woman, 40” or more for a man)
  • Having high amounts of triglycerides in the blood.
  • Having low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol.
  • Having high blood pressure.
  • Having high fasting blood sugar, which may indicate the onset of diabetes

Your doctor can measure all of these. Rather than listening to your friend, schedule an appointment with your doctor and have yourself tested to make sure you are healthy and not at risk of Metabolic Syndrome. You may want to ask your doctor to recommend a good dietician.