posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 08:54 PM
reply to post by angrywhitechick
This is a really tough issue and something that I dont think people are very good at. That height chart next to the door at 7-11 is there for a very
specific reason...people are terrible at guessing height at almost any distance and that measuring tool helps immensely. While we may be decent at
guessing height when someone is standing right next to us, once they move away it becomes very difficult unless you have some reference point.
Weight is an even trickier issue. Height and body shape have something to do with it but the problem is determining a muscle to fat ratio. As a
previous poster listed muscle weights more than fat. People regularly guess my weight wrong because my body fat is fairly low and I have a decent
amount of muscle, so my weight is usually guessed under by 20-40lbs.
If this thread is in reference to guessing the weight of a bigfoot type creature, I would look at photos and specs for body builders. Most wild
animals have lower body fat so using a body builder for reference is a good idea.
Here is an example: Bodybuilder John Hansen
This guy is 5'8 and weighs 210 when competing(which means close to 0% body fat). If you start to scale this ratio of height to weight up, you can
better guess how a creature of a certain height will weight. Another good scale is Shaq, that guy in his prime was 7'2" and about 320lbs and he was
pretty ripped. A creature that was 12" taller than that with larger and denser bones could easily top 400lbs and look lean and muscular.
I am of course completely speculating and making guesses about a mythical creature so its difficult to have any facts when it comes to this issue.
But again the biggest problem is just guessing height in general. Unless you have a reference point on a stationary object and know the distance the
creature was from this object, you will have a tough time guess its height.