My wrist is big and when I put my middle finger and thumb around it they touch. Am I big boned?
Where exactly are you all doing this "test" on your wrist? I did it directly over my wrist bone and my fingers don't touch, if i move just below the bone they touch, but only just.1
Wrist bone, with the bumpy part.1
Wrist bone, with the bumpy part.
Well that's confirmed it, I'm a big boned heifer1
This is a silly test. The size of all your body parts can vary independently and widely, though most of us are close to certain norms of proportion.
Why do you need to know frame size? If it's to get a goal weight, I agree with the person who suggested using an initial target in the middle of the normal BMI range for your height, then re-evaluate when you get nearer that. Or set a body fat target range, though that's harder to measure accurately.
Proportionally, I'm a mess. I have giant hands, big wrists, wide shoulders, huge head, but - though female - narrow hips. A small tank top is kind of loose, but a sleeved t-shirt in the same brand and line needs to be a medium or large for the shoulders to fit. Despite my having large hands and long-ish fingers, my middle finger & thumb just barely touch, with effort, around my wrist at BMI 21 (5'5", 128lbs - not exactly overweight). My hips are around 34-35".
Why am I telling you this? One body part means nothing. My boy-hips are much more relevant to how much I should weigh than my ape-wrists.5
Wrist bone, with the bumpy part.
use a measuring tape. Mine is 6" and I'm "big boned". The test is just to give you an idea of your frame size.0
The frame size test only works for people like me who had 5 inch wrists even when morbidly obese. It wouldn't work on people who put weight on their upper body.
Suggest you just use MFP without all the faff.2
fitmom4lifemfp Posts: 1,572 Membernewstart1988 wrote: »My wrist is big and when I put my middle finger and thumb around it they touch. Am I big boned? I'm trying to figure out my frame size. I used to be skinny a long time ago but now I'm over weight and can't remember what I looked like at my lowest weight.
If you have fat wrists (many fat folks do) then how is measuring your wrist gonna tell you if you are "big boned"? And why are you even wondering about it? It's a useless measurement. Focus on meaningful information.3
Frame size can set other things in context. A lot of women, especially, think of clothing sizes when they think about weight gain or loss, and clothing size can be very dependent on frame size. You can't diet your pelvis or ribcage smaller.2
I don't think this measurement tells you much at all. Before I lost weight, my fingers didn't quite touch around my wrist. Now they overlap. My "frame" didn't change size; I just lost fat from my arms and hands.0
My wrists got smaller as I lost weight. It's a useless measurement.
If you're looking to set a goal, aim for the high end of a healthy BMI. Assess when you get there if you want to lose more based on body fat.1
6.5 inch wrist (at BMI 21, female). Still 34 inch hips.
"Big boned"? LOL, LOL, LOL!0
Christine_72 wrote: »My thumb and middle finger do not touch around my wrist, i have a normal/average frame, I'm 5"8 . I dont think this is a reliable test...
Mine overlap and I have a large frame: big shoulders, big hips, big head, big feet LONG FINGERS.0
BusyRaeNOTBusty wrote: »Christine_72 wrote: »My thumb and middle finger do not touch around my wrist, i have a normal/average frame, I'm 5"8 . I dont think this is a reliable test...
Mine overlap and I have a large frame: big shoulders, big hips, big head, big feet LONG FINGERS.
This^^ They overlap even more now that I've lost 27 lbs.0
PowerliftingMom wrote: »Wrist bone, with the bumpy part.
use a measuring tape. Mine is 6" and I'm "big boned". The test is just to give you an idea of your frame size.
It seems incredibly unreliable.0
i am overweight, still need to lose anoter 50 lbs but i can touch my finger and thumb around my wrist with no problem. i don't have exceptionally long fingers, but i do have very tiny wrists and ankles. my weight is in my b00bs and waist.0
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