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August 24, 2011 12:42 PM
Hi everyone!
I was just wondering what people's sizes typically are at a certain BMI. I'm at a 22 BMI which supposedly just above middle (21.75) of the healthy range and I wear a size 8,10, sometimes 12. Usually 10 these days. Here are my stats:

5'8"
145 lbs.
BMI 22.0
BF: 23.6%
Size: 8-10-12 (it's all over the place depending on stores)
I usually have to buy Women's Large for shirts, men's small.

I guess i'm asking because when I started I was 175 and size 14, women's large. I don't know if it's my tall build or what but I don't fit into those other sizes anymore but i'm still pretty large in the women's department.
I imagine I have another 10-15 pounds to go until I get to be fit looking and get my BF down to 20% or so. But going from 36%-23.6% and my size isn't too much lower! I know people who are 5'2", 135lbs. and wear size Small, but that's crazy to me since their bmi would be 23.9.

Can we get a sample aggregation going? I'm curious if it's my body type or if tall girls just end up wearing bigger sizes?? I'm very lemon shaped..small boobs, thin legs..large middle. HAH!
  1489386
August 24, 2011 12:48 PM
Trust me... tall girls wear bigger sizes. Gotta have a bigger bone structure to support those legs! But, trust me... it's a good thing. As a short girl, I envy my 5'9" best friend and the fact that she has AMAZING long legs!
  8576304
August 24, 2011 12:49 PM
I'm 5'11"
I wear a size 22 loosely.
My BMI is 34.2
Weight 245
  8962378
August 24, 2011 12:49 PM
http://www.mybodygallery.com/

Check it out. :)
August 24, 2011 12:49 PM
H: 5'5"
BMI: 25.8
S: 6-8
  5253255
August 24, 2011 12:50 PM
HI

I'm 5ft 6 tall
weigh 134lbs
bodyfat of 15.4%
BMI of 21.6

and I wear uk dress size 8, even small dress shops like Lypsy fit me in a size 8

x
  8268951
August 24, 2011 12:50 PM
My BMI is 26.3 which means I'm overweight. I'm 5'3 and 148 lbs. I wear anywhere between an 8 and a 10, and Medium in shirts.
  9545100
August 24, 2011 12:51 PM
I weigh about the same as you, but my BMI is much higher, and my pants size is smaller. It's got a lot to do with height, too. :) I'm a bit shorter than you, so I wear smaller sizes at similar weights to you, but you look much slimmer!
  3234287
August 24, 2011 12:52 PM
I think it depends on your body composition and the brand of clothes.
I'm 5'7", 127, BMI 20, Body Fat %17.
I can run anywhere from a size 4-8, just depends on where I shop.

Diana
  6383296
August 24, 2011 12:52 PM
I'm 5'8 too, 150 lbs. Those calculator things say my BMI is 22.8. (http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.php). I started off pushing the limits of a 12, and now I'm a comfy 8 and just a slightly too tight 6 (US sizes, and depends on the brand too.)
August 24, 2011 12:53 PM
5'8", 135lbs, BMI: 20.5 and a UK size 10/12 on bottom and 10 on top. BF% around 16-18%
Started at 150lbs, BMI, 22.8, size 12's were seriously tight but never bought a 14. Never knew my exact body fat % but I think it was late 20's.
  1283483
August 24, 2011 12:53 PM
Height: 5 ft. 4.5 in.
Weight: 137.4
BMI: 23.2
Pants: 4 or 6 (S or M)
Tops: 8 (M, but occasionally L depending on the look I'm going for)

I hope this helps! <3
  6173812
August 24, 2011 12:53 PM
What's worse is i am short AND have a long torso. so talk about long legs? never in my lifetime ^_^

5'4
BMI 20.8
BF 27% (dunno how accurate that is without doing the water weighing thing)
Size 4 or 5 (small in tops)
  3331810
August 24, 2011 12:54 PM
I'm assuming it's because of your height

5'3"
136lbs
bottoms: 6-8
tops: xs-s (I have a small chest though)
BMI: 24
Bodyfat: 22-25, never had it professionally tested
  593173
August 24, 2011 12:54 PM
hmmm i weighed 177, 5'6", bmi of 28.8, and BF of 38 when i started my diet. I wore a 14, large in womens.... i now weigh 171, bmi is 2.4 and bf is 36...but my pant size has changed enough to go down yet. my 14s are loose, but i think 12s would be tight.

i think it depends too on where you where your pants if that makes sense?? like if you button at your bb then they should be smaller than if you button and let em sag to your hips. my legs and hips also keep me from wearing a smaller size!

I too am curious as to what size i'd wear if i was at my gw of 140. and that mybodygallery.com site is pretty neat!!
  10435259
August 24, 2011 12:55 PM
PLEASE do not go by BMI! I work at a gym as a nutritionist, and am a dietetic major in college... It is known that BMI is not accurate in saying how healthy you are... Buy a body fat calculator (if you are using the digital one fast at least 4 hours before using it). BMI does not take into consideration muscle mass!!
August 24, 2011 12:56 PM
I'm 5'5".
174lbs
BMI is 29.0
UK size 16/18 depends on the clothes and shop.
August 24, 2011 12:56 PM
Do you strength train? If you are pretty happy with your weight but want to get into smaller sizes, then I highly recommend looking into a weight training program. I was happy with my weight, started lifting heavy weight and lost about 2 inches in my waist and 1.5 inches in my waist and dropped a size. Think about it, if you don't do it already.
August 24, 2011 12:58 PM
QUOTE:

What's worse is i am short AND have a long torso. so talk about long legs? never in my lifetime ^_^


Same. My roommate who is 3 inches shorter than me has longer legs than I do...
  5253255
August 24, 2011 12:59 PM
I'll try to help you out!

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 160lbs
BMI: 21.7
BF: 17.3%
Measurements: 36-28-41
Sizes: pants 8-10, dresses 6-8, tops S-M

I too vary in sizes from store to store, but it's settled pretty much into the 8-10 range. Although I love shopping at J.Crew because I can often squeeze in to a 6 ;-) I'm more of an hourglass shape, so that helps me go smaller on tops. Random fact: on a lot of vests/blazers/coats I can go as small as a 4. Weird!! But then I like things very fitted through the torso, since my waist is small.
  9624566
August 24, 2011 1:03 PM
Height: 5'6
Weight:127
BMI: 20.5
Sizes: Bottoms 3-5, Dress 3, Tops XS - S
Edited by kelseyt17 On August 24, 2011 1:04 PM
  2279230
August 24, 2011 1:04 PM
QUOTE:

I'm 5'5".
174lbs
BMI is 29.0
UK size 16/18 depends on the clothes and shop.


I am the same height and weigh 207 at the moment...and wear the same size....my BMI is 34.4
  1643368
August 24, 2011 1:08 PM
5'3"
a little under 130 pounds
BMI- 23.1

I wear a size 6-8 in pants, usually a 4 in dresses and a small-medium top :) I think a lot of it is just based on build/muscle. Thats why someone whos 5'1" and weights more than me could be a smaller size.
August 24, 2011 1:16 PM
QUOTE:

5'3"
a little under 130 pounds
BMI- 23.1

I wear a size 6-8 in pants, usually a 4 in dresses and a small-medium top :) I think a lot of it is just based on build/muscle. Thats why someone whos 5'1" and weights more than me could be a smaller size.


I'm around the same size and BMI and I think I have 20-22% body fat but I wear a sz 2-4 and xs and s in tops .. its all based on body type where you carry your weight and body composition
August 24, 2011 1:19 PM
Height: 5'3
Weight: 110
BMI: 19.5
Dress Size: 4
Pants Size: 6-8

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