“I weigh more because I’m big boned.”
Dr. Brenda Banaszynski, a Marshfield Clinic Health System family medicine physician, said you can be big boned, but larger bone structure doesn’t account for much extra weight.
Big boned means wider bones
Some people have bigger bones, Banaszynski said. For example, their wrists and elbows appear larger and may not be able to wear standard-sized watches and bracelets.
Measure your wrist to find out if you’re really big boned, since “body frame size is determined by a person’s wrist circumference in relation to height,” according to the National Institutes of Health.
People with the following measurements are considered large boned:
- Less than 5 feet 2 inches tall and wrist size larger than 5.75 inches
- 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall and wrist size larger than 6.25 inches
- More than 5 feet 5 inches tall and wrist size larger than 6.5 inches
- More than 5 feet 5 inches tall and wrist size larger than 7.5 inches.
Big bones don’t mean (much) extra weight
“Larger bones might account for a few pounds of weight but not 30 or 40,” Banaszynski said. “It’s not going to be the difference between a healthy body mass index (BMI) and being overweight.”
In the medical field, there are science and evidence-based recommendations for BMI that are standard due to the risks associated with a higher BMI.
Some people might confuse bone size with bone density, which refers to the concentration of minerals in your bones. Like large bones, dense bones may add only a few pounds to your frame.
Focus on exercise and portion control for weight loss
“If your BMI is in the overweight or obese category, you probably need to make changes to be healthier regardless of the width or density of your bones,” Banaszynski said. “Being overweight or obese increases your risk for diabetes and heart disease.”
Banaszynski recommends talking to your primary care provider to find what lifestyle changes work best for you. Higher BMI is not something to feel shame or embarrassment around, it’s only a way for your provider to assess your health and help.
Well catheryn you might as well gain some weight instead of looking like a big bag of bones add some more thickness so you actually look attractive. Remember extra weight isnt always a bad thing.
I’m slightly underweight according to my BMI. I work out regularly and have defined abs and am in good shape… definitely under %15 body fat. I can’t understand the dissatisfaction of fat people. Losing weight is an extremely simple concept and is something you can control. I don’t feel bad for you at all. Exercising feels amazing…I can’t understand people who aren’t active I’d go crazy. My problem is so much worse…. I look much fatter than I am because I’m big boned… my rib cage and pelvis are MASSIVE. My pelvis is like a giant diaper of bone under my skin. So even when I weigh 106lbs at 5’7” I just have a “bigness” about my body no matter what I do. I fantasize about slicing off the sticky-outy parts of my pelvis and restrict my breathing so my rib cage doesn’t expand into a balloon of fatness. It’s terrible.
I hate it when my grandma would say that woman needs to go on a diet. My dad tells me you're too wide for the chair. One time my complain to him about my pants are being because my legs rub together. I've been that way my whole life. I'm a swimmer who has a disability. I try to keep my weight at a level but covid happened. I didn't go out as much. Not even walks and I had to quit swimming. But I am trying to get better.
Mackenzie I agree. There are people who try so hard to lose weight but their bodies just have trouble letting go of the extra pounds. And there are people who can eat a ton of crap 24/7 and not gain an ounce. Each situation is different. And then of course there are different body types and compositions. Of course I am not looking at people who are 600 pounds and saying "maybe it's their body type", but even then they're a legitimate psychological issues that cannot so simply be dealt with. Telling someone with a severe weight problem to "just lose weight" is like telling someone with a drug or alcohol problem too "just stop drinking or taking drugs". Food addiction is real. In any case you cannot look at someone and just assume the worst case scenario and that they're a horrible person because of it.
Kara2002 your situation is so similar to mine! I I'm only 5'4 and have size 11 women's shoes, my feet and hands are larger than many people I know who are several inches taller than me. And I often weigh more than them as well. And I have always been broader and heavier than most people my height. Body composition really is overlooked but it's more important than is realized. Although I do have some weight to lose even for my frame, it's doubtful I could get down to my "ideal weight" to save my life. The old me might have said "heavy bones" but I think it's just body composition, a combination of larger bones and a larger build.
BMI is crap. Body builders are not fat and most have high bmi numbers. If you are happy with yourself and healthy, forget weight, bmi and live your best life
I am 5’6 and not overweight at all. I train 5 days a week. What brought me here is I’ve always had a larger frame and felt overweight even though I’ve never truly been. (I fluctuate between 140-150lbs on average) So I started wondering if maybe I just have large bones because how else can I look relatively thin but be so dense and heavy for my size. I’m what some might call solid. With clothes on I can look slim but naked I look thicker and I could never quite get down below 135lbs no matter how hard I trained or dieted down. So a google search brought me here and I guess it really is a thing! It’s actually a relief to know I have large bones. I’ve always suspected it looking at my calves which are super wide but don't appear to have a ton of body fat or muscle on them. But it’s a relief because I know I have to adjust my expectations for my weight loss goals. I’ll never healthily be 120 lbs and thats ok!
I find it very hard to eat a healthy diet, because I always stop being hungry before I've finished the thing that was supposed to be healthy for me. I find it so extremely hard to push through and eat more, is there any way I can slowly increase the amount I eat? Although I'm not underweight, I get sick very easily due to not having a very good diet. On the months I eat properly I manage pretty OK but the second I start eating less fruits and vegetables and healthy stuff I start getting sick often…It feels really unfair because everyone else, with reaaally terrible diets, even though they are often not even of a healthy weight (overweight), are getting less sick than me…Yet my body can't manage the same. And by less fruits and vegetables, I mean, not shoving in them whenever I can – I often make myself eat a bowl of fruit as a snack even if I don't really want to…At gatherings, I'm always the one who eats the least, at all-you-can-eat restaurants, my 'all i can eat' is rather low, and I gaze longingly at the plates of reaaally yummy food my stomach is hurting too much to try. I just want to be able to have my body at least work, because getting sick often due to finding it hard to eat is just terrible for my upcoming in a year exams, and if I fall sick during them them, I'm screwed.
Andrew shut it! So your telling me you know the bone density of the fat people you’ve seen?I didn’t think so! Stop tearing other people down!
Sick of people of who say “fat is a choice” or tell fat people their lazy. We live in a society that naturally favors thin over fat. Why? When will society start to change such things? Fat is not a bad thing so people should stop characterizing it as such. I’m sick of the beauty standers and Ideals that tell us what’s a good and bad weight. I struggled for eight months with an eating disorder (Anorexia) that could have killed me, all because of this way of society. Does that sound healthy to you? If this being fat will kill you phenomenon is nothing more than a beauty standard when will people start to realize that it’s just a concept! Beauty is nothing more than a concept and it is more than skin deep. Every 10 years there’s a body slandered people are expected to follow. A 100 years ago being fat was idolized for xyzed reasons. I mean honestly, just be whatever weight you are because if you come to know your beautiful than you will always be in trend. And your probably asking, “how does that relate to the fact that being fat can actually kill you!”. Well, can someone actually give me a list of people who have died from being overweight or obese?? The United States has a population of 328.2 million people and counting of which 42.8 percent is obese and 32.5 percent overweight. Don’t you think the population would be much less if the 75.3% of the population were randomly having heart attacks because of their weight? I mean seriously, I’m not sure if being fat is as dangerous as it’s hipped up to be, especially if their naturally bigger boned/endomorphs. And please don’t say that doesn’t exist because of your ignorance and lack of knowledge!! It’s disgusting how people try to tear each other down.
Anne – my idea of beauty is not me either. It takes work when one is not happy with their appearance. Not to be mean but it lies in our head and our sense of confidence in ourselves. Depending on your background it can be a lifelong struggle to approve of ones self. I was bulimic for over 20 years and at 62 still work at accepting myself and how I look on the outside. We are all ok, really, work to be healthy and fit. Wear clothes that flatter you and you like, and try to be good to yourself, treat yourself like your best friend… be kind to her
Andrew, I agree in general but , bone size is real. I’m 5’4” w a wrist measurement of 7”. My friend is same height as wit a wrist size of 5.25”. She has a much more slender frame than I do. We are both overweight. Also, if you have never had a weight (fat) problem it is hard to imagine why other people are overweight. And, yes, most of us are defensive about it. Because most people do not want to be overweight. I know some people who genetically are bigger people (plump) and people who are broader and big like Tongan people. It is a medical fact Tongans are the the broadest people. Just pointing these things out because even tho you believe it, everything is not black and white, there are in betweens!
I'm trying to lose weight, but as I lose weight (which I'm thrilled about), I notice the shape of my body frame and it doesn't look flattering no matter how much weight I lose. Being overweight covered it up, but don't want to put on unhealthy unflattering pounds just to hide it.
MACKENZIE, I completely agree with you on your reply to ANDREW’s, fat-shaming post. It makes me so happy to see that there are so many well educated and well informed folks, like you, who comment on here.
If ANDREW, here, can not even spell correctly ( its “ themselves” not “themselfs”…. are you in grade school?), then he has no business giving his polarizing advice on such a delicate topic! Perhaps, he’s just a troll?
technically (in very very rare cases) a natural genetic modification on the same gene that causes osteoperosis can cause extreme bone density and therefore weight otherwise though its diet and exercise – expend more calories than you intake (at a healthy rate, no superslim in 6 weeks diets, those can really hurt you) possibly an overactive thyroid can contribute between 5 and 10 pounds.
Andrew, I disagree. Larger people can still be healthy. I feel that you are misinformed, and tbh, I’m a little offended by your comment. Yes, people can and do gain weight from inactivity or poor diet, but I refuse to believe that that is the only instance in which people are overweight.
J , I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU FEEL LIKE. I know some techniques that can make your ankles appear slender or smaller, how much I want to say just be comfortable in your own skin and love your body can be hard . We think oh " if only I could have a tummy tuck " or " breast implants " , I would be so much happier , thats just a temporary fix . We have to love ourselves withing and be happy. I know its easier said than done. I hope you feel better and wish we had more uplifting women each other
To Annie hope you get to your goal and lose the 50 lbs , its a lifestyle and can be challenging. I am in the same boat and getting older, I suppose its time for me as well to start a better and healthier lifestyle. I'm rooting for you Annie!!
I have always thought I was big boned as I just didnt have the slender ladylike frame other women have. I am 5'3 and my wrist measures 6.75 inches. I wear size 3 pants but I still hate the way I look. I cant even pull off flip flops like literally every other woman and man because my ankles look thick compared to my foot length. My shoulders are also on the bulky side. No, not wide. Just bulky. Hard to wear feminine clothes with their wide collars with that going on. The worst is it's hard to put your finger on what's different when you're not big. You just look odd and don't know why. It bothers me so much I looked it up and found this article.
I am 72 year old great grandmother of 5'5" with shoe size 11 1/2 and wrist measurement 7 1/2 and I presently weigh 186 which has me barely in the obese area. I look best these years at 165 though that on the charts says I am still over weight but at that weight I have no muffin top but only saggy skin on my upper arms! There is such a thing as amount of muscle, big bones and age effecting optimal weight !
Im not over weight, I have large frame, I'm wear about a size 9 women. But I do weight more than I did when younger. My frame was much smaller, but using my body, working, exercise and etc. I have changed.