Small frame, medium frame, large frame... Which are you?

cybregrrl
on 3/11/08 8:33 pm - Charlotte, NC
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In order to refine and define theoretical weights, researchers added frame size as a factor. The sizes are categorized into three categories:- Small frame, medium frame and large frame. The reason for this is that obviously bone structures vary in size and density from person to person. Equally obviously men and women have different structures. Bone mass and muscle mass all play a part in determining your optimal weight. Large boned people. There are two simple methods of determining frame size:-
  • Measuring the circumference of your wrist. This is by far the most straight forward.
  • Measuring the breadth of your elbow. This is a little more complex but provides a greater results range for the purposes of accuracy. In order to do this:- Stand up. Extend your arm forward so that it is horizontal and parallel to the ground. Turn your hand so your palm is uppermost. Bend your elbow so your forearm is at 90º to the ground. Use the forefinger and thumb of your other hand to locate the narrow part of your elbow joint. Use your same forefinger and thumb as a guage to determine your elbow breadth by measuring the gap between them with with a ruler or tape measure. Compare the value with the tables below.

Female Wrist Measurements

  Height less than 5' 2" (Less than 155cms) Height 5' 2" - 5' 5" (155cms - 163cms) Height more than 5' 5" (More than 163cms)
Small Less than 5.5" (140mm) Less than 6.0" (152mm) Less than 6.25" (159mm)
Medium 5.5" - 5.75" (140 - 146mm) 6" - 6.25" (152 - 159mms) 6.25" - 6.5" (159 - 165mm)
Large More than 5.75" (146mm) More than 6.25" (159mm) More than 6.5" (165mm)

Female Elbow Measurements Medium Frame

(If your elbow breadth is less than those in the table for a specific height, you are small framed. Similarly, if your elbow breadth is bigger than those in the table, you are large framed)
Height Ft and In Elbow Breadth Inches Height cms Elbow Breadth mm
4' 10" - 4' 11" 21/4" - 21/2" 146 - 148 57 - 64
5' 0" - 5' 3" 21/4" - 21/2" 150 - 158 57 - 64
5' 4" - 5' 7" 23/8" - 25/8" 160 - 168 60 - 67
5' 8" - 5' 11" 23/8" - 25/8" 170 - 178 60 - 67
6' 0" - 6' 4" 21/2" - 23/4" 180 - 190 63 - 70

Male Wrist Measurements

  Height more than 5' 5" (More than 163cms)
Small 5.5" - 6.5" (140 - 165mm)
Medium 6.5" - 7.5" (165 - 191mm)
Large More than 7.5" (191mm)

Male Elbow Measurements Medium Frame

Height Ft and In Elbow Breadth Inches Height cms Elbow Breadth mm
5' 2" - 5' 3" 21/2" - 27/8" 155 - 158 64 - 73
5' 4" - 5' 7" 25/8" - 27/8" 160 - 168 67 - 73
5' 8" - 5' 11" 23/4" - 3" 170 - 178 70 - 75
6' 0" - 6' 3" 23/4" - 31/8" 180 - 188 70 - 79
6' 4" - 6' 7" 27/8" - 31/4" 190 - 198 73 - 83
===== I found this article and thought it would be quite helpful. It gives you two different ways to deterimine your frame size. Hope you enjoy! Cy



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Peaceful1z
on 3/11/08 8:56 pm - Houston, TX
HOLY CRAP!!!!  I'M A MEDIUM SIZED MAN!!!!!!!!  
natashialeah
on 3/11/08 9:23 pm - Addis, LA
Wow, I really am a large frame.....I just figured that was the excuse every overweight person used  LOL  Mine is just over 6 1/2 inches.  WOW  Thanks for the post!

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on 3/11/08 9:36 pm - SC
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MelissaF
on 3/11/08 10:04 pm - Northwood, IA
My wrist is 5.75 inches and I am 5'4" so I am small I guess.. I guess my theory of "i am just big boned" when I was obese wasn't working well eh? lol
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on 3/11/08 10:18 pm - Kettering, OH
Holy CRAP, Batman ... I am practically a large-framed MAN!  My wrist measures close to 7.5".  I am giggling here, 'cuz like all the others, I figured that was just an excuse all obese ppl used!  ;-) Cy, did it say how that should impact your "ideal" weight range?
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cybregrrl
on 3/12/08 12:26 am, edited 3/12/08 12:28 am - Charlotte, NC
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I would presume that the frame would dictate what end of the 'normal bmi' range you should be on. However, if you're a large framed person you could probably carry five or ten extra pounds that the small framed person couldn't. Vice versa applies as well, a small framed person would probably look less starved at the lower end of the 'normal bmi' range than a larger framed person. I'm a medium framed person and in all honestly, I never used the 'big boned' excuse since it was obvious I was fat.  I did use to say I'm not overweight, I'm undertall. I'm supposed to be 6'4". Cy



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EGSuzie
on 3/12/08 12:00 am - Elk Grove, CA
Well...it's official...I'm large boned. My wrist measured 6 3/4 in. and my elbow measured 2 3/4 in. My bones are the size of a medium framed man :o(.  ~Suz

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Star Dust
on 3/12/08 1:47 am - Centennial, CO
Large framed! But I already knew that. I have wooly mammoth bones!
Discovery02466
on 3/12/08 3:58 am - Newton, MA
Stand up. Extend your arm forward so that it is horizontal and parallel to the ground. Turn your hand so your palm is uppermost. Bend your elbow so your forearm is at 90º to the ground. Use the forefinger and thumb of your other hand to locate the narrow part of your elbow joint. Use your same forefinger and thumb as a guage to determine your elbow breadth by measuring the gap between them with with a ruler or tape measure. Compare the value with the tables below.  I guess as a person with a background in anatomy, I just wish they would tell you the names of the anatomical landmarks to use.  I don't think this description seems as accurate as using the wrist?  Seems pretty open to error....Granted, its hardly scientific, but...Hmmm...

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Jupiter6
on 3/12/08 7:30 am - Near Media, Pa- South of Philly, NJ
The thing is, being obese increases bone density and thickness in many people, so we "end up" big boned, whether we started that way or not!

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shanna B.
on 3/12/08 7:43 am - camby, IN
ok...we tried this at work a couple months ago. #1 My wrist is 6.5 and I am 5"3'? My elbow thing is 2" I think. It's hard to do by yourself. What does this mean! Shanna

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Meg1962
on 3/12/08 8:09 am - London, Canada
I'm large boned, and was when I was thin too.  I'm not all that tall - 5'6", but my hands and feet  tell the real story.  My ideal weight is supposedly 125-149lbs, but I know I look best at 140-160lbs.  Anything under 140 and I start looking too thin. 
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AmyBeth :)
on 3/12/08 8:32 am - Fort Smith, AR
HOLY COW, my wrist is 6 inches around and I am 5-6 which means small but to me when you think about that, 6 inches, darn thats a half a foot!  That sure seams big to me. AmyBeth
Bronwen
on 3/12/08 8:53 am - Wilmington, DE
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Very cool chart!  I'm large boned, with a wrist measurement of 6.75 inches.  I always knew I was big boned!  Now, I've got proof!
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on 3/12/08 10:07 am
It's official, I'm big-bonded...

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alitria
on 3/12/08 12:11 pm - AK
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How about for those of us who are half dainty princess and half linebacker?  I've got tiny hands and wrists, and fairly small feet, but my legs and shoulders and ribs are all on the sturdy side.  Bah!  I guess I'll worry about losing the rest of my weight to get to goal and THEN I'll worry about the rest of it.   It does occur to me though, how miraculous is it that I even have to worry about such things for the first time in my life?  No matter where I land in the BMI range, it's still MUCH healthier than where I came from!  That I even have to ponder things like my BMI range is frankly still dream-like to me.