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CNN is- again, or still- advising people to use several gadgets on their website, including a body mass index calculator.

Now, I know I'm significantly overweight at the moment. I'm 5'10" and 235 pounds, which results in a BMI of 33.7- "obese."

BUT.

The lightest I've ever been since graduating high school was about 170 pounds; a little bit of gut and the ability to count every rib I possess, and cheekbones that showed up on topographic maps.

And the BMI for 170 pounds at my height? 24.4- the very high edge of "normal", borderline overweight.

What, according to this scale, is my ideal weight? 152 pounds, which lands me directly in the center of the "normal" range.

I could only get to 152 through amputation.

And how far down do I need to go before this scale calls me "underweight"? 128 pounds. I was twelve or so when I passed 128- and, if you looked at photos of me from the time, you'd see I was skinny as a damn rail.

There's a disclaimer you can find by clicking "About BMI" that says BMI is not a diagnostic tool... but CNN and every other sensationalist health reporting outlet routinely uses BMI as a diagnostic tool. If you have a BMI, you must be dangerously obese- end of discussion.

BMI: Bullshit Medical Information.

(BTW: happy 35th B-day to me. Either I'm half dead according to the Bible or beating predictions by 5 years (based on the ages my great-granddad, granddad, and father reached). Either way, today has been a quiet, thoughtful, and dear-God-why-ain't-I-married-with-kids-yet day.)
redneckgaijin: (Default)
CNN is- again, or still- advising people to use several gadgets on their website, including a body mass index calculator.

Now, I know I'm significantly overweight at the moment. I'm 5'10" and 235 pounds, which results in a BMI of 33.7- "obese."

BUT.

The lightest I've ever been since graduating high school was about 170 pounds; a little bit of gut and the ability to count every rib I possess, and cheekbones that showed up on topographic maps.

And the BMI for 170 pounds at my height? 24.4- the very high edge of "normal", borderline overweight.

What, according to this scale, is my ideal weight? 152 pounds, which lands me directly in the center of the "normal" range.

I could only get to 152 through amputation.

And how far down do I need to go before this scale calls me "underweight"? 128 pounds. I was twelve or so when I passed 128- and, if you looked at photos of me from the time, you'd see I was skinny as a damn rail.

There's a disclaimer you can find by clicking "About BMI" that says BMI is not a diagnostic tool... but CNN and every other sensationalist health reporting outlet routinely uses BMI as a diagnostic tool. If you have a BMI, you must be dangerously obese- end of discussion.

BMI: Bullshit Medical Information.

(BTW: happy 35th B-day to me. Either I'm half dead according to the Bible or beating predictions by 5 years (based on the ages my great-granddad, granddad, and father reached). Either way, today has been a quiet, thoughtful, and dear-God-why-ain't-I-married-with-kids-yet day.)

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