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The truth about BMI

BMI was introduced by Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet in the early 19th century. He was a mathematician, not a physician, and explicitly stated that it could not and should not be used to indicate the level of fatness in an individual.

BMI takes your height and weight and gives you a nonscientific number about how fat you are. It doesn’t take into account how much of your weight is water, muscle, fat, or neural tissue. It doesn’t take into account your waist size, which is an indicator of fat percentage.

I’m going to use a BMI calculator on a few people:

Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Height: 6'3’’
Weight: 233lbs
Age: 29
BMI: 29.1
Category: Threshold of overweight and obese
Bodyfat percentage: Estimating 17%
Bodyfat category: Fit

Jay Cutler, bodybuilder
Height: 5'10’’
Weight: 260-290 (competition vs off season)
Age: 40
BMI: 37.3-41.6
Category: Obese
Bodyfat percentage: 4%
Bodyfat category: Underfat
NOTE: This Jay Cutler diets to cut body fat for bodybuilder aesthetic competitions. Body fat this low is not recommended. His increases during the off season to a healthier percentage.

Shaquille O'Neal, basketball player
Height: 7'1"
Weight: 324.1
Age: 41
BMI: 31.5
Category: Obese
Body fat percentage: 10-15%
Body fat category: Athletic 

What’s Worse: Not Exercising or Being Overweight?

It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy weight and exercising on a regular basis are two of the most important things you can do to ward off disease and illness. While these two things go hand in hand, you might be wondering which is worse: not exercising or being overweight. Well, a new study has shed light on this topic.

According to a recent study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, not exercising has roughly the same negative effects on a person’s health as being obese.

For the study, researchers from the Netherlands analyzed the height, weight, body mass index (BMI), exercise habits (or lack thereof), rate of heart disease and stroke, and other health signals of more than 5,300 middle-aged men and women. Participants were then placed into one of three weight categories: normal weight, overweight, or obese. So, what did they find?

Researchers found that being either overweight or obese was linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Of course, this isn’t surprising – we’ve known about how living a sedentary lifestyle affects the heart for quite some time. What researchers were surprised to find, however, was that overweight and obese participants who met their exercise guidelines had roughly the same risk of developing heart disease than healthy weight participants who did exercise.

Researchers found that participants who engaged in even low-intensity exercise for two or more hours per day experienced benefits in terms of weight.

These findings lead researchers to believe that it doesn’t necessarily matter how much you weight. What matters is how much you exercise.

Any physical activity is positive for cardiovascular health, and in elderly people of all weights, walking, biking and housework are good ways to keep moving,“ said study author and researcher Dr. Klodian Dhana.

Does this mean that it’s okay to disregard your weight and pack on a few extra pounds? Well, weight and BMI affects people in different ways. Assuming this study is correct, however, you can combat many of the negative effects associated with being overweight or obese by exercising on a regular basis. The key thing to remember is that you need to exercise regularly and not just once every other week.

This study was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

So, I never have had an overall goal weight for my self...

I just set my goals at 50lb increments, and decided I’d let the chips (fat free of course) fall where they may.

So this morning I was pondering the idea of for now maybe 250 would be nice and then see how I feel. Realistically I don’t think I will be ever get to weight watchers idea that I should be “135-169”.

But either way what is annoying to me is whether i get to 250 or to the max 169 ww suggest, the BMI calculator still considers that overweight and that just pisses me off.

This is an area that straight up makes me mad. Because it you all know me, I believe in self-love and making yourself feel great.

Now while I never pay any mind to the damned BMI thing anyways, and idk why I decided to look today, I just hope others out there don’t let it upset them and cause them to think badly about themselves.

You are how you feel, not what a BMI calculator says to you. Just remember to always love yourself first, and you make your own mind about how you feel about yourself.

Okay, so today I had a BMI-measurment. This is basically a way for people loosing weight to get a more calculated look on what you’re actually loosing. It’s also a way of measuring fat,muscles,water in your body and ect ect. Unfortunately it’s all in Swedish *facepalm* but it’s still quite interesting to see.

So sadly I wasn’t able to scan my first BMI in so this is my second one. It’s really good because I’ve lost 2kg since the last time, well results if you’re looking.

I will be posting more of these in the future (: 

BMI is defined as body weight
in kilograms (kg) divided by height in meters squared
(m2)—that is, BMI ¼ kg/m2. Although BMI does not
consider a person’s age, gender, or body build, this
measurement began to gain popularity in the early
1990s. Neither weight charts nor BMI measures body fat.
—  my health psych textbook (by linda brannon), explaining why bmi is bullshit