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Updated on Wednesday, February 25

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OMG: I'm a 20 year old female with a BMI of 21 that goes to the gym 3-5/week and eats a relatively healthy diet. My BP averages at around 160/80. Before uni it was under 120/80. I've gone to the doctor and nothing is wrong with me medically, other than this.

I firmly believe that it's the stress that's made this happen, and for some reason it makes it so much worse. I try so hard to be healthy, and in the end it's a personal mental failure that's gotten me to this point.
I just want to know that one day I wont wake up and feel like there's a fat man sitting on my chest.
Thanks for listening to me whine OMGUW--what's one more negative post on here, anyway? Lol

17 comments

  1. Well what are you stressing about? School? Health? Something else?

    If it is health oriented issue...which is what it seems to be, you probably need to be more elaborate on what you do at the gym and your "relatively healthy diet".

    To be honest though, you seem just fine. Take a deep breath and relax.

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  2. people have different physiological responses to stress. It's stupid and narrow to think of it as a personal mental failure. Some people also just have high blood pressure as a result of unfortunate genetics. Biology is complex

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  3. BMI isn't informative if you're muscular, as muscle weighs a lot more than fat. That being said, BMI of 21 for a 20 yr old puts you on the edge between normal and overweight, which is inconsistent with "healthy diet and plenty of exercise" that you claim to have.

    What's more worrisome is your BP, which is indicative of hypertension.

    Putting it all together, either you're not telling the truth, or you may have a pathology that your family doc should have picked up on. Metabolic disorders come to mind, perhaps genetics as #2 mentioned. If you notice any other abnormal symptoms about yourself, it may be wise to pay the doc another visit (family doctors aren't the brightest).

    Cheers

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    1. > which is inconsistent with "healthy diet and plenty of exercise" that you claim to have.

      Oh, fuck off. Bloody fat shamers can't possibly fathom that there is a wide variety of healthy body weights.

      When I was in my peak shape, training 4 days a week as a second degree blackbelt, I still had a BMI of 23. Whole life I had sat around 23-24 and constantly been told I was "at risk" despite over that period of time fluctuating between being totally out of shape and in extremely good physical health. Some people just have different body shapes, and it's ridiculous that people are pathologizing even the top half of the "normal" range. There was literally nothing else I could do to change my weight, beyond starving myself or trying to bulk. I say this as a cis woman.


      To OP, stress is the low-grade killer. Finding ways to help reduce your stress will no doubt help. However, a huge jump in blood pressure like that with no other obvious causes sounds more like you started on some under-the-counter amphetamines more than anything else... Make sure you're limiting your stimulant use (including caffeine!) if this is a concern. Also, cardiovascular exercise helps to improve your heart health and lower your blood pressure, if that's something you're interested in.

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    2. Fucking women. OP is a woman, blames her weight on her stress and "feelings" instead of the obvious (she doesn't have a healthy lifestyle).

      And fucking you. "Cis woman". Trying s goddamn hard. No, its not that everyone had different body shapes. Its that you and others like you never fully committed to being healthy and fit.

      But obviously thats not the case, its just society fat shaming, no goddamn way it could possibly be your fault.

      You bitches disgust me.

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    3. A BMI of 21 doesn't put her between normal and overweight. She's in the midrange of normal, not fat. I don't even know why OPs BMI is up for debate here.

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    4. I was actually being conservative. BMI is closer to 20, and my body fat % is 20 as well (last I checked). I don't feel like I should defend that, though.

      And 4b I'm confused--where in my post did I say that I blamed my weight on anything? I think my weight is perfectly fine. I'm concerned because I have a very unhealthy BP for someone of that weight range. I also pretty firmly disagree with the whole HAES movement, but that has no relevance here either.

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  4. 21 is a completely normal BMI.

    OP, some thin people are genetically predisposed to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, and stress may not have any affect on it. I know a lifelong marathon runner who is on blood pressure medication. David Letterman had a quadruple bypass several years ago. Sometimes is is just hereditary. Is there a history of hypertension among relatives of normal weight? Worth looking into. Keep following up on it with your doctor.

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    1. Nope only high BP in the super fatties in my family. Some of them even have perfect BP and get the highest insurance rates (and never let you hear the end of it lol).
      I probably don't count my micros properly or something--too much salt. I can't imagine how much I could have fucked up to get me to this hypertensive stage though.

      I'll keep following up with the doc--sounds like my best bet : D

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  5. Lay off the damn cheeseburgers

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  6. Overweight bitch here, the whole all weights are normal bullshit needs to stop. Some people, like myself, simply are not active enough for the amount of cookies they consume in a given day. That ultimately is the problem. If this isn't the problem, its a metabolic disorder, which is not the case with me. Telling me I should love my 240lb body actually offends me more than calling me fat.

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    1. Oh, and I should add, just sounds like you are overstressed OP.

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    2. OP here. You made my day. So much respect for you right now. You know how it is, and you say it how it is. High five.

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  7. So you're stressing about stress?
    Just relax OP. Find something you like to do to take the edge off

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    1. I guess cocaine is out of the question though : (

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  8. stressing out about blood pressure will increase your blood pressure!!! make sure you're taking it sitting down, not talking, and relaxed. ideally you should be seated and relaxed for at least 5 minutes before taking it. don't use those pharmacy ones, they're shit. the ones you sit down at and stick your arm in the cuff while you're waiting for your prescription.

    my pulse and bp always skyrocket when i check them because i get so scared of having it be really high and then getting yelled at about being unhealthy.

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  9. OP, what are your sleep patterns, length, and depth like? Poor sleep also negatively impacts blood pressure.

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