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September 3, 2009 9:09 AM
I have heard people say oh she has a small frame.. or a big frame or whatever.. so i was wondering.. how do i know what size frame i have?? lol. .sorry if this question is silly.. but i really want to know
  198825
September 3, 2009 9:12 AM
If you can take your middle finger and touch it to your thumb around your wrist then you have a small frame.
September 3, 2009 9:15 AM
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If you can take your middle finger and touch it to your thumb around your wrist then you have a small frame.


Thanks for this! Apparently I have a small frame, I never knew.
  124137
September 3, 2009 9:19 AM
oh thats cool.... i have a small frame to... lol...
  198825
September 3, 2009 9:20 AM
I'm not quite sure that's accurate, because the ratio would be the same - if you are big your hands will be big therefore you can wrap your fingers around a bigger wrist- you see?

I don't know about this web site, but there is a Body frame size web site with charts here:

http://www.am-i-fat.com/body_frame_size.html
  140995
September 3, 2009 9:23 AM
I am certainly not for-sure on this, but I have heard...

Put your middle finger and thumb around your wrist, if they:
- Easily Touch - Small Frame
- Barely Touch - Medium Frame
- Do not Touch - Large Frame

That puts me at a large frame, but that sounds about right. I am short, but I have quite broad shoulders, wide hips, and otherwise "big bones".
  266667
September 3, 2009 9:24 AM
I'm not sure if there is a way to tell...when I was heavy my wrists were big so I said "I'm big boned" and claimed I'd never be tiny....when I lost 50lbs I found out I was WRONG! Even with a"belly" still and some extra cushin hanging out on my body I was either a size 0 or 2....Amazing, I'm actually a tiny thing under all this....I haven't seen that tiny girl in awhile but I'm looking for her againlaugh
  230197
September 3, 2009 9:34 AM
theres a site that tells you actually
http://www.am-i-fat.com/body_frame_size.html
you can measure your elbow or wrist...I used the elbow and have quite the large frame. 3.5" on the elbow measurement and Im 5'3"

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  253594
September 3, 2009 9:58 AM
Very interesting site! I 'knew' I was large framed (I have hands the size of my father's!) but had nothing 'official' until I measured my wrist circumference. Wow! It was 6.75 inches and I can touch my finger to my thumb!
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  251698
September 3, 2009 10:21 AM
I can easily touch my finger to my thumb around my wrist but thats because, of course, hands are generally proportionate to your arms!tongue
  253594
September 3, 2009 10:28 AM
QUOTE:

I am certainly not for-sure on this, but I have heard...

Put your middle finger and thumb around your wrist, if they:
- Easily Touch - Small Frame
- Barely Touch - Medium Frame
- Do not Touch - Large Frame

That puts me at a large frame, but that sounds about right. I am short, but I have quite broad shoulders, wide hips, and otherwise "big bones".


I've read the same things. However, I thought I had a large frame and then lost weight. Apparently I had fat wrists because now it measures differently. There's also some kind of test where you measure the bones in your elbow that is supposed to be more accurate.
  18107
September 3, 2009 10:30 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I am certainly not for-sure on this, but I have heard...

Put your middle finger and thumb around your wrist, if they:
- Easily Touch - Small Frame
- Barely Touch - Medium Frame
- Do not Touch - Large Frame

That puts me at a large frame, but that sounds about right. I am short, but I have quite broad shoulders, wide hips, and otherwise "big bones".


I've read the same things. However, I thought I had a large frame and then lost weight. Apparently I had fat wrists because now it measures differently. There's also some kind of test where you measure the bones in your elbow that is supposed to be more accurate.



look up a few posts, the problem is solved I tell you!

man, no one actually reads threads here sometimes. tongue
  253594
September 3, 2009 12:41 PM
QUOTE:

I am certainly not for-sure on this, but I have heard...

Put your middle finger and thumb around your wrist, if they:
- Easily Touch - Small Frame
- Barely Touch - Medium Frame
- Do not Touch - Large Frame

That puts me at a large frame, but that sounds about right. I am short, but I have quite broad shoulders, wide hips, and otherwise "big bones".

I've heard this too but that it is supposed to be your INDEX finger and thumb.
  153636
September 3, 2009 12:51 PM
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I'm not quite sure that's accurate, because the ratio would be the same - if you are big your hands will be big therefore you can wrap your fingers around a bigger wrist- you see?

I don't know about this web site, but there is a Body frame size web site with charts here:

http://www.am-i-fat.com/body_frame_size.html


Great link. I'm off the chart, 8" wrist, 4-1/8" elbow. I knew I was a heavy build. Don't feel so bad about not getting to 200...
September 3, 2009 12:55 PM
I associate small hands, fingers and wrists with a small frame.
  232091
September 3, 2009 1:21 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I'm not quite sure that's accurate, because the ratio would be the same - if you are big your hands will be big therefore you can wrap your fingers around a bigger wrist- you see?

I don't know about this web site, but there is a Body frame size web site with charts here:

http://www.am-i-fat.com/body_frame_size.html


Great link. I'm off the chart, 8" wrist, 4-1/8" elbow. I knew I was a heavy build. Don't feel so bad about not getting to 200...

thats kinda how I felt about my weight in general when I found that out
http://www.healthcentral.com/diet-exercise/ideal-body-weight-3146-143.html?2,5,3,157,3
that also tells you what your healthy weight range is taking your frame into consideration
  253594
September 3, 2009 1:31 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I'm not quite sure that's accurate, because the ratio would be the same - if you are big your hands will be big therefore you can wrap your fingers around a bigger wrist- you see?

I don't know about this web site, but there is a Body frame size web site with charts here:

http://www.am-i-fat.com/body_frame_size.html


Great link. I'm off the chart, 8" wrist, 4-1/8" elbow. I knew I was a heavy build. Don't feel so bad about not getting to 200...

thats kinda how I felt about my weight in general when I found that out
http://www.healthcentral.com/diet-exercise/ideal-body-weight-3146-143.html?2,5,3,157,3
that also tells you what your healthy weight range is taking your frame into consideration


That calculator's probably Ok for people of somewhat normal build. I'm off the charts, heavier than heavy build. For me:
"""Your ideal weight range-- 164 - 180.4 lbs. (74.5 - 82 kg.). --is based on a formula that calculates what a healthy weight is for most people of your height (68 inches) and frame size (Large).""

I'm 14% bodyfat. Based on real caliper measurements my lean body mass is right at 180 pounds. So,,, according to this calculator I have to get to 0% bodyfat to get in the top of my "healthy" range. I'd starve to death between supper and breakfast.

Tools are tools, and guidelines are guidelines, and a grain of salt is a grain of salt. happy
September 3, 2009 1:34 PM
hahaha awesome point
  253594
September 3, 2009 1:34 PM
I'm sure this might offend some people and I am sorry. I don't think we do ourselves any favors by making the excuse of "big boned" if you would have asked my parents, anyone who ever knew me if I was big boned they would have said yes until I lost my weight in 20's and everyone was shocked (including me) by how little I was. I was just covered in fat...everywhere, wrists, elbows...everything. I just do not believe in such a thing as big boned...it's my own personal experience and everyone has there own opinion. I think the main thing is to be healthy.
OK I said my peace and I'll be quiet now.smile
  230197
September 3, 2009 1:36 PM
You must have posted when I was typing CasperO...I agree completly, no matter what the "tool" says, it's about being healthy :)
  230197
September 3, 2009 2:12 PM
It also doesn't take age as a factor. My ideal weight could be 115 when I was in my 20s and I did weigh about 110 back then, but now that I'm pushing 40 and have had children, that is just unrealistic for me. I don't even think that would look healthy anymore.
September 3, 2009 2:13 PM
Ah, but mama,,, the "Big Boned" thing is for real for some of us.

I'm a 5'8" man with a 46 inch chest. There's no flab on my wrists, I'm looking at bones, and the circumference around those bones is 8 inches - which is off the charts. I'm quite lean, but going by standard BMI numbers I'm still 15 pounds into the "Obese" range, and almost 50 pounds overweight (above the top of the "healthy" range). I really am big boned, I'm massively boned.

Were you ever diagnosed as "big boned" by a Doctor - or just by a kind family member?
September 3, 2009 2:40 PM
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Ah, but mama,,, the "Big Boned" thing is for real for some of us.

I'm a 5'8" man with a 46 inch chest. There's no flab on my wrists, I'm looking at bones, and the circumference around those bones is 8 inches - which is off the charts. I'm quite lean, but going by standard BMI numbers I'm still 15 pounds into the "Obese" range, and almost 50 pounds overweight (above the top of the "healthy" range). I really am big boned, I'm massively boned.

Were you ever diagnosed as "big boned" by a Doctor - or just by a kind family member?


Your absolutely right I made a generalization that I shouldn't have. I was trying to convey that "healthy" should not be based off any on line tool, whether it's a test of measuring your elbow to see if your big boned or a general "your this tall you should weight this much". No, I was never diagnosed because I was never big boned...I could take online tests that said I was big boned.
Sorry, I just don't want people to underestimate themselves.

PS I love the "Kind family member".....not sure they were doing me any favors by being "kind" but yes they had good intentionswink
  230197
September 3, 2009 3:35 PM
QUOTE:

I'm sure this might offend some people and I am sorry. I don't think we do ourselves any favors by making the excuse of "big boned" if you would have asked my parents, anyone who ever knew me if I was big boned they would have said yes until I lost my weight in 20's and everyone was shocked (including me) by how little I was. I was just covered in fat...everywhere, wrists, elbows...everything. I just do not believe in such a thing as big boned...it's my own personal experience and everyone has there own opinion. I think the main thing is to be healthy.
OK I said my peace and I'll be quiet now.smile


C'mon now, you know some people have larger frames than others- even stick thin people can be "big boned". Large frames run in my family, but I never use that as an excuse for why I'm fat. Fat is fat. Bones are bones. tongue
  232091

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