One thing I always wonder is why people are so resistant to the standards medicine uses to determine a healthy body weight. If a person is losing weight truly for "health" reasons (whether that be the only reason or like most people there are additional ones) then why not accept the years of research that health professionals have done and reach for the "health" standards?
Let's talk BMI for example - that is my main tool for determining where I should be. Not how I look, not how many times other people say "you don't need to lose any (more) weight!", not a man saying "I like my woman with some meat on her, here's another cookie", etc. But the BMI - body mass index. The tool that has been developed to determine at what weight we are at risk for less diseases!!! I hear SO many people say....where they (medical professionals) say I should be is WAYYY to skinny for me! I contribute this to the African American mindset of beauty which hip-hop has made the American standard. Curvy, bootylicious, Beyonce-esque bodies plus the BBW (big beautiful woman) movement for plus-sized women to be accepted has pushed us to far the other way in my opinion. I applaud fashion for hiring plus-sized models, was SO EXCITED when Toccora was the first plus sized model to appear on the cover of Italian Vogue, thought it was revolutionary of Beyonce to hire plus-sized models to be dancers in her videos, and so much more that has changed for plus-sized women. However - let us mention that Toccora is IN her healthy weight range by BMI standards, so is Beyonce and other classically curvy women. It is possible to be curvy and healthy!
So let's say you are an anti-BMI'er...okay, I don't understand why, but for whatever reason you have developed a deep hatred for the thing...fine. What about measurements of body fat?
Body Fat Categories for Women
- 10-12% - Essential Fat
- 14-20% - Athletic Fat Levels
- 21-24% - Fitness Fat Levels
- 25-31% - Acceptable Fat Levels
- >32% - Obese
- 2-4% - Essential Fat
- 6-13% - Athletic Fat Levels
- 14-17% - Fitness Fat Levels
- 18-25% - Acceptable Fat levels
- >26% - Obese