Women`s Health/Big boned?


A Bigger Sexier Woman! wrote at 2006-09-11 21:30:41
I am a 25 year old woman and I know for a fact that bone size has a lot to do with weight!  I have been "big" by most standards all my life but when actually viewed by a doctor they say that I have normal fat and muscle for a person my height I just weigh more.  I am by USA standards supposed to weigh 150lbs but look a whole lot better at 175lbs.  This is because at 150lbs I looks sick!  I feel sick and cold.  I know what you say I am supposed to weigh and my body tells me differently!  So women listen to your body not what some doctor tells you!  Be who you are and be proud of yourself as long as you are healthy of course.

Lila wrote at 2008-12-16 20:35:12
Actually, bone size can have a significant effect on health weight.  My family have extremely large frames, and I had my fat/muscle/bone percentages done by my doctor, who said that my bone and muscle together weighed in the lower-middle range for healthy weight of the entire body for women my size. Based on that, my healthy weight is from the upper ranges of "healthy" BMI into the "overweight" range. For reference, for women over 5'5", a wrist circumference of less than 6.25 is small framed, and one of of 6.5" is large framed. Mine is 7.25.  So yes, it can have an effect.

Mario wrote at 2011-02-20 11:14:38
I have to specify that although no one answer will cover this subject that it would be incorrect to simply say yes or no, the whole argument over "big Boned" or "Large Frames" etc is one asked by or in interest to a person being overweight and wether this can be attributed to having a larger bone structure (this being queried on the actual size of any one bone in comparison to a person of the same height and age) on that basis unless there is something medically different about you the answer would be No, the reason a bone of one person would be larger than another would only come into play because that bone was supporting more weight than the other for a longer period, if you where a fat person from a young age and remained fat throughout your growing period than it would be reasonable to suggest you have bigger bones (note this would be more down to density than physical size) you would therefore weigh more than your counterpart even if you measured the same size in inches around the waist, arms, legs, etc though having a heavier base structure would result in you having a larger muscle structure and therefore you would probably have a leaner look about you as your weight would be based on your bone density and muscle denisty and not your fat content, on top of all this if you have been fat all your life than chances are your going to find it hard to alter that status and this should be done over a long period taking a slow change at a time, biggest issue will be lifestyle as maintaining the same lifestyle but going on a diet etc will result in you returning to your previous weight as eventually you will revert back to old habits and put the weight back on, DONT diet or start regular exercise for the sake of weigh loss, change your lifestyle for one that is more active and the rest will take care of itself, this has to be a permanent change not a short term hobby otherwise your back where you started in a short time.

In reflection of the answer jackie made, her answer is correct but not full, measuring a wrist is not a way to measure bone size, the wrist is made up of several bones and the difference in circumfrence will be down to your weight, the more fat you put on the more space between the bones therefore the bigger the frame you have, the actual size of the bones has not changed only the spacing between them and the amount of fat contained in the skin that covers them, your entire body is made up of bones, muscles, skin and fat (lots more but these 4 tend to control your outward shape) the bones have the least impact as they are what they are and there function is simply to provide a frame for everything else to hang from, your muscles will have a major impact as will the fat, the skin other than filling with fat only tends to change do to the interal area expaning and streching it to cover and the amount of fat that sits within it.

Your muscles will increase because of two factors, one and the most obvious is exercise or use, the more you use them and the more they have to work the larger or denser they get and therefore the more they weigh or the bigger the space they take up, the second reason is to support your resting structure including your fat i.e. the fatter you are the bigger your muscles get as they have to support this larger weight.

The best way to reduce your size is to take in less calories, and work your muscles harder, the harder they work the more calories they use and the more fat your body consumes to support the energy increase, hence the reason you need to eat less otherwise you seem to lose the weight froma look but actually lose little off the scales as your muscles increase they take a lot less space for the same weight, once you stop using the muscle they quickly deteriate and turn back into fat, muscles only remain the size neccesary to meet there requirements and will not continue to be large and toned unless there needed.

So once your the size you want to be if you want to stop being as active as you where, you need to cut down on your food intake to be more realistic to your energy useage so you don't put the fat back on.

Please note I am not a professional and my advice and opinions are based on the knowledge I have gained through life experience and literature etc and using common sense and logic that prevales.

One of the easiest ways to settle the argument of individual bone size is to speak to people who deal with skeletons etc, the only reason the bones are larger or smaller is there age or sex, men tend to be heavier set than women and obviously any skeleton not fully developed (a child) will be smaller, this is how police medics determine the age, sex and weight of a person from just there skeleton, how they can re-construct an entire skeleton from just pieces as there are rules and principles that determine the size of each bone etc.

Michael Callahan wrote at 2015-01-31 19:41:42
Big bones are a myth. It is true that people have different body types and carry their excess weight differently. Simply look at an X-ray of an obese person and a thin person -- bones are bones! There is some research that indicates that femur size may increase in overweight people, but with that stated, the bone size is not the cause of being overweight -- being overweight may cause some big bones...

In health,

Michael Callahan

Certified Health Coach and Weight Management Specialist


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