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Updated on Wednesday, January 15

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QUESTION: Is being 5'1 and 119 fat? Consistently active, and fitness oriented even though not everyday at this point (girl). What you you guys think?

fyi I'm normally at a lower body fat percentage and like 110 but at different points in time things change. Friends and family used to say I looked too thin but now that I've stopped working out/got sick.....what do you think? (at 119)

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  1. I'm 5'1 and 120. I don't consider myself fat.

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  2. I'm 5'2" and 120 and a lot of people have called me small/skinny. I'd describe my weight as average-looking though myself.
    You're probably fine and if you're being consistently active, and eating well then I don't think there's anything to worry about.

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  3. Not fat at all, it is absolutely fine

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  4. It's definitely getting a little portly but as long as you are happy.

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  5. That's perfectly healthy! Especially if you have muscle!

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  6. http://www.mybodygallery.com/

    You can plug in your height, weight, body shape etc. into this site and it pulls up pictures of women similar to you for comparison.

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    1. This is a great way to address this question! It provides objective comparison and allows only the person themselves to make a judgement on their own body.

      Good on you, sir or madam.

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  7. I'm 5'0 and probably weigh about 118. I have a good amount of muscle and I'm curvy (chest/butt kind of curvy). I just don't bother weighing myself and stick to using a measuring tape to see where I'm at. No one would ever look at me and call me chubby/fat/etc. Don't get caught up in numbers, because I've been there and it sucks.

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  8. Nope, not at all! I am 5'2 and 127 lbs (with decent muscle definition). I think you are perfectly healthy :)

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  9. (Guy) absolutely not

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  10. In BMI terms, you're in the middle of the normal range so I would say you're fine(although Bmi is very inaccurate at measuring the weight health of an individual)

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  11. I'm recovering from anorexia and all I can say is just let this go. Seriously. Just let it go.

    <3

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    1. GOOD FOR YOU !! <3 -psych student

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  12. People should read what I'm about to say. Your doctor's office, or any, should have a BMI poster somewhere in the office. Take your weight and height and figure out your BMI. Look at the color of the box. If it matches the "healthy weight" scale then you're fine. It doesn't hurt to stay in shape. NO YOU ARE NOT FAT. You are at a healthy weight. And for the record (directed to your family who probably won't see this but I'll say it anyway): there's a difference between being skinny and slender. Skinny: you got no meat on you and look unhealthy. Slender: you have a nice body shape and you look healthy and more feminine. Just keep doing what you're doing OP, but when it comes to issues like this and you're genuinely concerned, don't turn to a student group like this. Go and see a doctor.

    <3

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    1. I hope you know that BMI isn't a really good indicator of whether you're at a 'healthy weight' or not. Remember, fat weighs more than muscle, and if someone has a pretty low body fat percentage, they'll end up weighing more (even though they're healthy and don't look overweight).

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    2. Shit I mean muscle ways more than fat.
      wow I dun goof'd.

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    3. OMG. I meant WEIGHS more not ways.
      wow this is terrible.

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    4. Yeah, BMI is pretty awful if you've got actual muscle on you. My doctor said I needed to lose weight after looking at a BMI chart. I actually look sickly if I lose more than 5 lbs of fat...

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    5. BMI is fine for 95% of people. Unless you're playing NFL football or do some serious weightlifting, it's reasonably accurate.

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    6. ^nope, even if you do moderate weight lifting it sucks. Body fat % is the way to go.

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  13. Ya... That thing told my boyfriend he was "overweight" because he has a decent amount of muscle. And he's not even jacked. I don't trust that at all.

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    1. Sorry. Meant as a reply to 12.

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  14. What the fucking fuck. Do people seriously think 120lbs is fat for ANY height? Maybe if you were 4 feet tall...

    Jesus fuck stop starving yourself. The average female is 5'3.5" and 153lbs in Canada.

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    1. Get naked with a 5'1", 120lb girl who doesn't have much muscle mass. She won't look like what you're imagining a 5'1", 120lb girl would look like.

      Source: I have a mirror in my room.

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    2. fatty detected

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    3. What 14a said is true. I'm half a foot taller than OP and I weigh less. However, I'm not very active so the weight doesn't go where it should.

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    4. You know that north americans statistically are overweight right? This is like...a huge health epidemic, so saying that the average female is whatever doesn't have much relevance

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  15. All of you responding to 14 appear to be women. You also appear to be delusional. In order to get rid of that fat, you'll need to *gain* weight (i.e. turn it into muscle). OP is asking if she weighs too much. Answer: no.

    Tangentially related, when I ask people how much I weigh they usually say ~140lbs. I'm a 5'4" female and a total blob. What do I actually weigh? 165. (Yay drugs. Gaining 35lbs in a year is not fun.) People underestimate weight all the time. Stop making it into a big obsessive deal. Go to the gym 2-3 times a week, eat well, and you'll be fine. (I've dropped 10lbs hardly trying post-drug! Yay!) I say this as someone from a family with a history of anorexia. Most women you think are "fat" weigh a lot more than you think they do. My mother is 5'3" and 120bs and really needs to put on weight...

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    1. Everyone who was replying to 14 was replying to 14, not to OP.

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    2. Fat can never turn into muscle.
      There's a difference between "losing fat" and "losing weight", losing weight very often results in muscle loss as well. The only way to lose fat is to eat at a calorie deficit and exercise.

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  16. Speaking as a guy, you sound just yummers. 5' 1", 119, active, mmm-mmm!

    Remember muscle weighs more than fat. It's denser. So if you exercise moderately or more, your muscle content goes up, your fat goes down, and you may weight more, but you'll still be fit and healthy. (I originally wrote "in good shape", but changed that since there are _lots_ of different good shapes)

    Don't worry about your weight at all. Think about something (anything) else and stay away from the scales - they're irrelevant for you. You could gain (a lot) and still be fine. Weighing less than you do gets dangerous, and that could happen if you focus too much on your weight. Mirrors can lie, and it seems women's eyes lie to themselves. So if you do look in the mirror, make sure you have a big grin on your face while you do.

    Just keep on keeping on with being active. Once you're over your bug, that is.

    So what do I think? I think you're a hottie. But what I (or other guys) think doesn't matter. I hope you accept yourself. You have no reason -ever- not to.

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  17. 5'1" female speaking. I am imagining you to look fit and slender. Not fat.

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  18. oh my god, who even cares

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    1. Uh, you _do_ know what website we're on right? This isn't exactly the (fill in some setting where opinions affect something important)

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