Overweight – or Pre-Obese?

Today I went to the Fitpro Live exhibition at the Excel to check out some of the new fitness trends on offer. I’ll tell you about some of those in a day or so, but I was intrigued by the little gadget I was given at one of the stands. It’s a ‘handy’ BMI monitor – now, I know all the arguments against BMI, how it doesn’t take muscle into account, or  look at where you store your fat, but to be honest, they don’t apply on my body – I’m more fat than muscle and I carry round my middle  – so sometimes I need a little nudge back to reality when I’m getting a bit on the heavy side. But I’m not sure I like this one….look closely at the results dial! My height and weight (which will remain a state secret) give me a BMI of 25.7 – just a teeny, tiny bit higher than the normal BMI. I was expecting to see the little arrow appear in the ‘overweight’ category – but on this little gizmo it’s named pre-obese. Talk about a wake up call. What a different a word change can make. Overweight doesn’t sound so bad – pre-obese? I’m not so sure about that. If I’d thought about quitting my current stint on Educogym tonight that’s going to definitely keep me on plan.

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  1. Karen Evennett

    What a difference a word makes, indeed! My wake up call was realising that, once I’d tipped the normal range for BMI, there was only one direction I’d be going if I didn’t take some kind of action. Years of wishful thinking have taught me that ‘thinking positively about losing weight’ is not enough. However it’s very hard to admit you really do need to diet (yes I tried telling people my BMI was all muscle with a little bit of fat on top, but I am no athlete – who was I kidding?!) and even harder to keep that thought in your head long enough for days to turn into weeks and then months.

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    1. healthehelen

      Tell me about it – that’s why I’ve just spent the last week eating cheese and walnuts and lifting incredibly heavy weights. It got to crunch point. Lost 6.6lb Just 4.4lb off target now.

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  2. Jonelle Patrick

    Hmm, I have mixed feelings about the recent rash of “pre-” labeling. In America, a lot of people are being diagnosed as “pre-diabetic,” which is a very effective way for doctors to scare them into losing weight and eating better. And it works, in a rather coercive way. But being in fear for your life if you eat a piece of birthday cake and refusing invitations to dinner parties lest they serve something on the no-no list (or even worse, informing the host in advance, so they can plan a menu that basically forces everybody to be on your diet) seems a rather high price to pay for losing a few pounds.

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    1. healthehelen

      Prediabetes is an emerging label here too. It’s interesting. I went to a talk the other day that said unless we do stop the rate at which it’s increasing here in the UK the whole NHS budget for diabetes will be spent tackling just one complication of the condition (kidney problems) – let alone the many, many others. If we can stop that happening, I’ll take the label.

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  3. mawil1

    Scary thought! The thing is I knew I was on the slippery slope with a BMI of 28. Now I’m down to 26. People say ‘oh you’re not fat’ etc etc but on my belly I can pinch up rolls of fat about 6 inches thick! I know that I’m lucky it’s on the outside and not visceral fat, but it’s too much and I want it to go! Maybe pre obese sounds dramatic, but it’s correct, as it’s where we are going if we don’t change our lifestyles!

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    1. healthehelen

      Yes, I felt the same way. I know there’s evidence that if you’re fit you can carry more weight and still be healthy, but it slows down my running (and I’m slow enough as it is) plus, I don’t like feeling that poochy bit when I’m sitting down. I’m never going to be a skinny girl, (I did that after a breakup. I looked like a lollipop), but I feel better a few kilos smaller than I am right now. (Though as you’ll see tomorrow, that’s a lot fewer kilos than I was this time last week).

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