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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