“Honey, you’re just big boned”
It’s one of the more common statements you’re likely to hear if you’re a somewhat tall, maybe slightly heavy-set male or female:
No, you’re absolutely not fat. You’re just big boned!
According to information from the US National Library of Medicine (by the National Institutes for Health), the frame size of the human body does differ between people. As a result, there is such a thing as being “large”, “medium”, or “small” boned. If you’re curious, you can easily figure out your own frame size category. Just grab a measuring tape, and measure your own height, then your wrist circumference.
The frame size is dependent on your height, and the table at the other end of the above link (repeated below), will help you determine whether your essence is housed in a small, medium, or large body-frame.
|< 5′ 2″||Wrist: < 5.5″||Wrist: 5.5″ to 5.75″||Wrist: > 5.75″|
|5′ 2″ to 5′ 5″||Wrist: < 6″||Wrist: 6″ – 6.25″||Wrist: > 6.25″|
|> 5′ 5″||Wrist: < 6.25″||Wrist: 6.25″ – 6.5″||Wrist: > 6.5″|
|> 5′ 5″||Wrist: 5.5″ – 6.5″||Wrist: 6.5″ – 7.5″||Wrist: > 7.5|
A bit o’ bad news
With one exception, the size of your bones do not appear to have much to do with what the scale shows. The exception?
Your femur (thigh bone).
The scientific study “The Effect of Weight on the Femur: A Cross-Sectional Analysis” (by Gina M. Agostini, et all), published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences in March of 2011, found a correlation between obesity and the shape of the human femur.
The study summary in plain english:
If you’re a caucasian male, the weight and density of your thigh bone will, after you’re dead, with a near 80% degree of certainty, indicate whether you were obese or not while alive.
But that’s the only bone in the body they have found to have anything to do with what your BMI, and thus the weight on the scale, is.
So, unfortunately, there’s no relationship between being “big boned” – i.e. your wrist measurement relative to your height – and “being big”.
Have you ever been told you’re “big boned”?
Has it affected you in any way?
Would you be surprised to learn that thinking of yourself as “big boned” could be why you find yourself to struggling with losing weight?