Obesity is deemed as crisis according to U.S researchers. Famed as a fast food nation, the obesity rate at USA is growing at alarming rate. Experts predict that by 2015 75% of adults will be overweight if not obese according to this study. The researchers use BMI (Body Mass Index) to measure whether someone is obese or overweight. What I would like to raise in this issue is that whether this will be true and whether BMI is accurate in determining overweight?

In my opinion BMI is not really accurate in determining whether someone is obese or normal. There are several flaws in BMI according to my opinion. The first flaw is that BMI (to calculate your BMI click here) only measures the weight and height of a person. This does not take muscle mass into account.

For instance, a bodybuilder friend of mine has a BMI score of 26 which is overweight by the BMI table. But his body and his eating and exercise habits clearly outline that he's not overweight at all and I can bet that he's healthier compared to a lot of people. Another flaw is that BMI does not take into account about what we eat. I have several vegetarian friends who are classified into overweight by the BMI table. But since many of them don't eat processed foods at all and only strictly eat vegetarian dishes then they are healthier than people who have normal BMI but consume a high number of processed foods in their everyday life.

According to this study, people who are overweight face lower risk of death compared to normal people. BMI makes a good indicator for researches and studies but I don't personally care about BMI. What I use to measure myself are my waist size and my foods. I don't really care about BMI as long as I can achieve my desired size while eating healthy foods and minimizing unhealthy foods. I think they should make a change in the BMI table, it's better of they use the term "Face a serious risk of heart disease" rather than overweight since the term overweight isn't really objective.

What do you think about BMI?

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9 comments:

  1. Wayne said...

    I think a great many people are seeing the BMI in exactly the same way as you. Personally I have heard that taking measurments around key parts of the body is much more accurate than Bmi.

  2. Debbie said...

    BMI has been shown to regard some of the top athletes as overweight and some of the size zero models as healthy? Figure that one out!

  3. nuzi said...

    BMI is just a statistic. It is however still good to know it so that you know whether or not you should cut down on fat.

  4. Ellen said...

    I think BMI is overrated. I never calculate mine since what's normal by BMI standard is still considered fat by a lot of people.

  5. Cain said...

    I really do think that the BMI was developed to try to shock people into conforming with societies norms. Let people be themselves instead of trying to mould evryone into little niches!

  6. May said...

    Mnay athletes have a higher BMI than most people would expect. whether BMI is accurate in determining overweight depends on what other supplements are added to the equation. Yeah their are numbers of reasons why people and while that same number of people in America love to eat good food in America. Don't be afraid to dabble in some good food. The problem with Americans is the gorging of food and lack of exercise. Work on those two things and you will find a balance in your diet.

  7. Elizabeth said...

    Cherry, I am so sorry that it took me so long, but I have reposted the Cola Chicken recipe on my site! And I saw that you tagged me, which I will try really hard to do before I leave for Chicago on Thursday, but if I forget, I will do it when I get back!

  8. Cherry said...

    I see that most of you agree that BMI is not a measure of 'overweight' since it only equates the height and weight. Many bodybuilders have high BMI because their weight are composed of muscle instead of fat and that's not a sign of danger compared to people whose weight is composed of super size fries.

    Good point May. Lack of exercise is what can make you overweight. But still BMI fits nicely for study and research since it's simple.

    Elizabeth, just do when you have time. And I'll check out the Cola recipe. Thanks

  9. Sean said...

    I am in the healthy range in the BMI. I think BMI is so established must have its own reasons. Or maybe it is suitable for some people, but not the whole communities. I only use it as my guildline.



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