I couldn't agree more. What an awful way to label people. And I think (and have read) that the BMI system is a lousy way to measure fitness. I mean, I have a very large, solid (and one would have to assume heavy) bone structure. I don't believe I would look healthy if I got down to the middle of my "healthy" weight range, based on the BMI scale. And I would be delighted to help you kick someone's you-know-what when we hit our goals for having made us feel like we should fit in some distorted ideal weight range. My plan is to finish losing 100 lbs, and then re-evaluate where I want to be. I don't know what I will look like after 100 pounds, because I have had 4 children since I was anywhere near that weight. And I'm not sure I have been on their "healthy" scale since I was in 4th grade. And guess what? I was very healthy and active in high school. I'm telling you, my bones, muscles and skin combined probably weigh within their "healthy" range. And since I don't plan on a lobotomy anytime soon, I will probably not be getting down to the BMI scale's version of healthy. I have searched for a system that takes into account wrist measurements to decipher bone mass, and I think that sounds more reasonable. Granted, muscle weighs more than fat, so the amount of muscle would also dictate ideal weight as well. Now, granted, the scale of ideal weight that I found was created in 1974, but those measurements were more reasonable. Obesity (as they call it) was not so prevalent in 1974. SOOOOO, I'm thinking that maybe using their weight range is a better plan for me. Just some food for thought. Best of luck to all on our SP journey to good health!
OK, I was asked for the scale that I refer to in my post by a member, and realized other people may want to look at it as well. It is the Metropolitan Life system, and I have seen it referred to as being from '74 and also from '79. Not sure which is accurate, but I will add the link. Thanks for your interest. www.halls.md/ideal-weight/met.htm
Edited by: MILANMOM1969 at: 7/19/2010 (07:16)