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  1. Waist-to-height ratio is a better measurement of obesity than BMI. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waist-to-height_ratio
  2. Waist-to-height ratio is a better measurement of obesity than BMI. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waist-to-height_ratio
  3. Millymollymandy

    Overweight and happy

    Okay, so my title is a bit misleading. As of today my BMI is 29.2 which means that I'm out of the obese range and into the overweight range. Oh happy days! It's taken me almost 14 months but I've lost nearly 52kgs and I'm only 6.5kgs away from my goal weight. When my surgeon set me the goal of losing 58kg I came home and cried but now I feel that goal is within my reach. It may take me 6 - 12 months to get there but I'm determined to get to 80kg. Molly
  4. denzel

    Measurement of obesity accuracy

    Calculating a patient’s waist-to-height ratio is the most accurate and efficient way of identifying whether or not they are at risk of obesity, a new study shows. The research, published in PLOS One, examined the whole-body fat percentage and visceral adipose tissue mass of a group of 81 men and women. The British authors discovered that 36.5% more adults would be classified as obese using whole-body fat data (one in two participants) rather than BMI (around one in seven participants, or 13.5%). To conduct their study, they gathered accurate whole-body and abdominal fat data using a total body dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scanner — a highly accurate way of measuring body composition and fat content. They then calculated five predictors of whole-body fat and visceral adipose tissue that could be easily replicated in a GP’s office, and compared the results with those of the DXA scan to determine which simple predictor of obesity was the most accurate. The five predictors tested were: BMI, waist circumference (WC), waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) and waist-to-height ratio0.5 (WHtR0.5). Lead researcher Dr Michelle Swainson, senior lecturer in exercise physiology at Leeds Beckett University, says although there are benefits to the conventional BMI method, there is concern that it is a misleading measurement. “This is most definitely the case when people have a 'normal’ BMI but high abdominal fat that is often dismissed,” Dr Swainson says. The results from the study show the best predictor of whole-body fat percentage and visceral adipose tissue in both men and women is WHtR. This simple method of waist circumference divided by height measurement is not a new obesity classification but, despite evidence supporting its use, it is still not routinely measured in clinical settings, the authors note. Cut-points for predicting whole body obesity were 0.53 in men and 0.54 in women. The cut-point for predicting abdominal obesity was 0.59 in both sexes
  5. Hiya! I have been considering the Sleeve, my BMI is 33 and i have had a battle with weight my whole life, I have chronic back pain which stops me from the cardio and weight training i used to do. Just wondering if anyone has used Dr Paul Moroz in Joondalup and if he will even see me with a BMI of 33. Just wondering also if anyone regrets the Sleeve?! Thank you so much in advance!! Ellex
  6. Hi, I'm new here! According to my BMI I've been overweight for a long time and while a lot of that is just due to my curvy body type and having a slow metabolism, I also think I've developed an unhealthy relationship with food and eating - I Have a huge appetite and eat far too much, and it takes so much food for me to feel full. I love food and obsess over it. I've tried everything I can think of and I just can't lose weight to get to a healthy weight range and especially since I've started working full time, it's very hard to do enough exercise for someone like me who needs a lot of exercise to avoid putting on weight. I go through months of trying something and giving up because nothing ever changes. I did a whole year trying to diet and seeing a personal trainer twice a week and didn't lose a single kilo. I've seen so much success with lap band and feel this would turn my life around however im not sure what the minimum requirements are for eligibility. I've read you need a BMI of 40, I've also read you can have a BMI of 35 if you have related health issues and then at other places you just need a BMI of 30 with, it seems, no other health issues. I have a BMI of 30 with relatively high cholesterol but that's about it, so many people will see that as being not enough for eligibility and I totally get that, but my weight has been creeping up and up I assume as I get older (I mean I'm only 26 but your metabolism starts slowing down even more from your 20s) and I fear I'm just going to keep stacking on the weight no matter what I do. Any suggestions? I don't have PHI so would join ASAP to do it next year but I don't want to join and pay all that money if I'm not going to be eligible. Thank you so much.
  7. denzel

    Obese, but fit

    I've just walked 1km back from the shops, having done a circuitous route via the park to get there (had to buy dog bones for the houndies - Spud Shed In Kelmscott do nice ones). This was carrying 18 kg and walking two Greyhounds. Pre-coffee this am I checked my BP (using correct technique) and it was a pleasing 113/69. A massive improvement from earlier this year when I was still working 2/7 and had inadequately treated sleep apnoea, BP then went up to 163/83. I had to have a 24 hour BP monitor applied. Now I am feeling much better than a couple of months ago with a ME/CFS relapse, my appetite has diminished, and I find it easier to go low carb. My blood tests done recently were excellent: Cholesterol: 4.5 (<5.5) Triglyceride: 0.6 (<1.8) HDL Chol: 2.4 (1.1 - 3.5) Coronary Risk Ratio 1.9 (<3.5) LDL Chol: 1.8 (<3.5) S-Insulin 9 (<20) Glucose 5.4 (3.5-5.4) - I would like to get that down. Fasting So I guess, that's not bad for a 51 year old with chronic medical problems and who society looks down on and judges as 'fat' (along with all the connotations of that!). At this rate I could pass the pack hike test for fire-fighters! (done it before and passed). I didn't go for it this year as I knew that I wouldn't pass the medical due to the chronic medical problems. Anyway, I am no longer working there, so now just working casually in my original career.
  8. Melbourne

    Considering the lapband

    Hi all, I have been referred by my GP to Dr. Peter Nottle for the lap band. I currently suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome, I'm 24 years old, my BMI is 45 and I weigh 132kg. I have been struggling with my weight for 3 years after having my first child. My first appointment to consult with dr nottle is on the 15th of December 2014. I don't have private health insurance, what options does dr nottle provide payment wise? Also, is there anyone else on here with polycystic ovarian syndrome has got the lap band surgery? What were the results?
  9. Hi All I had my banding done through the BMI Clinic in Joondalup and I am seeing Anton Kruger for my fills. I have been told that he takes it really slowly just so that there are no complications. I trust his expertise and I am happy to comply. I had my first fill about 10 days ago. He put in 2.5mls (not sure how big my band is). There was no fill put in at the time of surgery. I am due to go back on Tues for a possible additional 2.5mls. I know there are other doctors out there that put in fill at the time of placing the band and then put in 4mls or more at the first fill. I also know that a couple of these bandits that this was done to did not have a very good time in the beginning and in fact they got quite sick. I was just wondering if any of you bandits out there have been to BMI or him specifically and what the normally pattern is for the fills that he gives. Thanks for any info.
  10. Pottamouse

    Lost new and confused

    Hi all.... joined up today and feeling BLERGH and have no idea who to chat to that gets it.. :/ So thought I'd share and hopefully get some help advice chat etc... anything really SAHM of two boys 5'4 and 103 kg- pretty stable weight- doesn't tend to move a lot- like me I guess Really interested in Gastric surgery for a while now, fairly sure not considered an appropriate candidate for the band as I have an auto immune condition- and from what I have read that tends to make it a no no- So thinking on Bypass vs Sleeve. I don't binge eat- or over eat really - I know what your thinking i'm in denial how can I not and have so much chunky on my monkey, but seriously I don't drink alcohol, I do do tea or coffee, no soft drinks, no hot chips, no potato chips, no ice cream, no dairy really( occasional yogurt if it is home made) I do tend to skip breakfast which I know is bad, and ok ok sometimes lunch too- with me only eating one meal which would be something like vegies and a small bit of chicken or crumbed fish ( also don't do lamb, pork, beef) So if im honest I would say my one meal would be that of an average size adult meal ( Not counter meal style slab but not French minuscule serve ether) - who isn't dieting. Always drink 2litres a day water, biggest crave would be 2 days before period time I will seek slightly sweeter foods but that's it really, I don't gorge, ok again have been know to eat 1/2 a family size block of choc at period time to regret it the next day...... My down fall would be roast vegies,( pasta meh, steak meh, chips meh), all the "known" culprits I avoid because I don't like them enough to bother eating them. Im the kind of gal who wont eat something just because it is there- if I do happen to have pizza- it is bbq sauce or nothing- seriously I would rather go without than eat something I don't like. ( fussy I know) As I said I have auto immune issues joint issues etc- so I know I don't move as much as I should - that being said im fairly active, participate in city to bay, climb mount lofty etc- im fit- but fat..... apparently we cant be that though so back to my dilemma. ( no I cant even blame the meds as I try to stay off of them at all costs - apparently they cause weight gain ;P ) So my love of real food ( meaning not processed) clearly isn't doing me any favours- so I bit the bullet and started optifast a week ago.... Joint hurting- over not knowing if I have toes down there something had to give. Logic for and against went a little something like this - so many chemicals and additives- ewwwwwww BUT Dr's recommend it before surgery so it cant be TOO bad - so much sugar it's coating my teeth But surely there is some benefit in doing it or why would it be recommended by dr's before surgery - ok so it isn't too bad- I miss my vegies though- and struggling to eat my three replacements. Shhh just hold your nose and do it - really???? "healthy" is teaching my body to eat a choc flavoured gelatinous mousse type substance as "dinner" surely not you see I'm getting no where fast ..... But a week in- (and that time of month later) im down 4 kg. issue well I don't see this as a healthy option... I'm not hanging out for a choc bar here people I would murder someone for a bowl of peas!!!!! I have booked a visit with Dr Michael France- to discuss my options - on 20th August ( anyone know much about him)? Issue now thanks to my last week of artificial nutrients Im now under the BMI recommended for surgery *sigh*( too thin to be fat now whatever next) So no idea where to go what to do etc from here- Some amazing success stories from people on here, but equally some who weren't as happy as they thought. I need to get mass off for my joint and body health- plus it wouldn't hurt re introduce myself to my toes sometime in the near future. Will one of these options help me? or will i continue to avoid food only consuming a much smaller "main" mean at the end of the day still?? Would love to hear from anyone- because clearly I love to talk and feeling a bit overwhelmed right now as to where my path might be... thanks for listening guys -
  11. Deakin University surveys reveal golden triangle of happiness by: BEN PIKE CAREERONE NATIONAL DEPUTY EDITOR From: News Limited Network July 02, 2013 12:00AM The culmination of 29 Australian happiness surveys over 12 years by Melbourne's Deakin University has revealed if you live within the golden triangle you're more than likely to be happy. Source: Supplied A loving partner, up to $100,000 of household income and a social activity that offers a sense of purpose is the new "golden triangle of happiness" according to Deakin University psychologist Professor Robert Cummins. And being fat is no barrier. Prof Cummins has taken aim at doctors and societal attitudes which push the idea that fat or obese people are unhappy. Doctors should start thinking more about their patient's overall happiness instead of focusing solely on high blood pressure and cholesterol problems, he said. The culmination of 29 surveys over 12 years of research has found that (apart from having a catastrophic medical condition) health is not part of the three elements that comprise the golden triangle. "Health is one of the least important domains of our measurement and the reason is that because people adapt to amazingly difficult medical circumstances", Prof Cummins said. "We have looked very carefully at the effect of body weight on mood/happiness and people who are overweight, and even mildly obese, they are OK. Their mood/happiness is under control. "People normally gain weight as they get into middle age and get older and the physicians jump up and down and get red in the face about this because it is associated with high blood pressure and cholesterol. "We're talking about something which I think is more important - which is how people feel about themselves and their lives. "The mild levels of being overweight don't affect happiness/mood very much at all." Prof Cummins identified those in Obese Class 2 or 3, who have a body mass index of 35 or more, as being the cut off point for happiness. Anyone with a BMI under that will not have their weight impacting on their happiness. So if you're 1.8m tall and 110kg, or 1.5m and 75kg, you're classified as obese but not so obese it will impinge on your happiness. Beyond that point social exclusion and interference with day-to-day routines starts to have an effect on an individual's happiness, Prof Cummins said. CALCULATE YOUR BODY MASS INDEX The culmination of 29 Australian happiness surveys over 12 years by Melbourne's Deakin University has revealed it doesn't matter where you live, whether your collar is white or blue or whether you've got kids or not - if you live within the golden triangle you're more than likely to have a permanent smile on your face. WORRIES ARE DOWN, WELL-BEING IS UP Prof Cummins has also offered hope to Australia's ageing population by saying that life really does get better with age. "People who are then the happiest of the golden triangle group are the elderly with no dreadful conditions like severe arthritis,'' he said. "Happiness tends to rise beyond the age of 55 or 60. I'm not quite sure whether it is because the kids have left home or they're thinking about leaving their dreadful job." Prof Cummins explained the three elements: RELATIONSHIPS "More important than money is having a good intimate relationship," he said. "You only need one person to share your life and having that person is incredibly important. "People who haven't got someone to share their life in an intimate way - where you can share your troubles - are very vulnerable to the bad things that happen to them. This is extremely consistent across all of our surveys." MONEY "The magic number is $100,000 of gross household income. It's not that more money makes it better, it is that you need a certain amount," he said. "How much you need depends on kids and your location. "On a national average, mood/happiness rises with a gross household income up until that $100,000 point and then nothing further happens to it beyond that. Below that mood/happiness goes down. "There is a myth that children decrease happiness. That is just not true. "It depends on whether you've got financial resources and personal relationship resources and particularly if you're trying to raise four kids on $50,000, for example, where you're going to struggle." ACTIVITY "Having something interesting to do is the third element. People are happier if they are active; in a footy club, in a sewing circle, whatever," he said. "If you can combine that activity with social contact and a sense of purpose then that is best. "People who do volunteer work combine those very well. There more active they are and more socially connected the better they are. "Chess clubs are not very good, for example, because they are not very socially interactive." Prof Cummins, who is the brains behind the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index, has also pointed to an anomaly in international research: Australian widows are the world's happiest. "The funny thing that happens in Australia - and it doesn't transfer to other countries - widows are really happy as a group," he said. "Generally they are OK financially and it may well be they have got a new lease on life. "It's a female thing rather than a male thing because females are so much better at creating socially supportive relationships than widowers are. "It doesn't happen in other countries, most particularly in other countries where there is a massive and necessary financial hit when you're husband dies and you're left on your own to earn your own living."
  12. FreshStart2

    BMI isn't everything.

    Hello, Was just reading an article online about weight loss and came across this passage. Its a good reminder for me that I should focus more on losing weight til i'm happy with how i look in the mirror, rather than focusing on the numbers. I'm going to aim for a healthy BMI but after reading this, i'm not going to focus on it too much. Weighing it up BMI does not distinguish between weight due to muscle and weight due to fat, so another way to work out whether you have a problem with your weight is to measure your waist. "A woman's waist should be 80 centimetres or less, and a man's 94 centimetres or less," Hazelwood says.
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