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Emolyee Health Screenings...Someone SERIOUSLY needs to throw away the garsh darn BMI scale already!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spoiler Alert... Irrational rant to follow:

Today my work hosted health screenings, which are mandatory to participate in if we want to use the health insurance. No big deal. 20 minutes out of my work day, I can handle that.

They measure your weight, height, waist circumfrence, blood pressure, heart rate, gluclose, HDL, and LDL.

Every test I had I passed with flying colors. My non fasting glucose was 76. Under 140 is the goal. My HDL was 90. Over 60 is optimal. My total cholesterol was 161, which under 200 is optimal. BP was 124/87 and HR was 58. All great.... Waist circumfrence 29". The "ideal" is under 35".. I use the term "ideal" loosely of course.

This brings me to the weight... The part that shouldn't bother me because I know better, but gosh darn't this chick ticked me off!!! My weight (today... on THEIR scale at NOON, after a morning full of breakfast and liquids, not to mention work clothes) was 146 pounds.... Um... Now I know that's not accurate... Truth be told my scale at home today read 142 pounds... Which still is elevated from a few days of not great eating (thank you root canal). Anyways, according to the BMI scale 146 lbs makes me "overweight." Can whomever is in charge of such matters like the BMI chart just agree once and for all to GET RID OF IT!!!!!! Its seriously useless and does WAY more harm to our mental health than good!

Okay, I knowmy health screening weight is not accurate, that is not the part that bothers me. The part that bugs me was the look this chick gave me.

She read the chart, kind of squeemed a little bit. She got real quiet, a bit uncomfortable, like someone about to tell a child their gold fish died, she spoke in hushed tones, acted like she was about to share some really emberassing secret, and looked down at me over the top of her glasses while pointing very gingerly at the "overweight" portion of the BMI chart. All while making an "eeeeeeehh, ooohhhh, ummmmm.... yeah....." judgemental type face! Okay, maybe it wasn't THAT bad, but still it's a pretty accurate portrayal of how the "bad news" was delievered.... I really felt like standing on a soap box and saying "Look lady!!! Let me tell you something, I don't give a hoot what your little chart says. I used to weigh 220 pounds, and I am not over weight!!! My size 4 pants I'm wearing right now beg to differ with your stupid chart too!!!"

It really bothers me first of all that I'm bothered LOL, I know I'm not over weight.... I'm quite happy with my body. And what this judgy lady says or her chart says really shouldn't (and all be it at the end of the day doesn't) matter to me. I know how hard I've worked and how far I've come. I'm proud of myself for all I've achieved, and yes I still have 10-15 pounds left to lose, but that still doesn't make me "over weight." What bothers me is the way "society" tries to categorize us into a box! I don't fit into a box, and it's NOT because I weigh "too much!"

We live in a society of unhealthy and over weight people, I know, I was one of them for a very long tim! But whydo we have to be compartmentalized? That really gets my goat!! That one stupid box on a chart has the ridiculous power changes our entire perspective of ourselves and call into question all our hard work!! Which is ABSURD!!! Never mind the chart doesn't factor in the majority of imporant factors when it comes to determining is one is "healthy" or not! The chart has no idea what our body composition is! For all this lady knew I could have ripped beyond belief under my work clothes. Maybe I should have flashed her a flex or something?! LOL, okay I WISH I was ripped, but still!!! It's unfair to make such judgements of people. It's no wonder people have such low self esteem and compare themselves to irrational stick figures in the media, we are programmed to believe we aren't good enough because we don't fit into a certain box on a chart! That stupid chart causing people to question their sanity!!

I however REFUSE to let it do so!
Regardless of what some silly chart says, I know that I can say with out a doubt:
I eat healthy foods daily that are good for me and it feels great!!
My body loves me for my diet, even with a splurge here and there, even my labs agree!!
I know the meaning of moderation and have learned portion control.
I am DARN good at kick boxing, and I've hiked the Grand Canyon!
I feel good in the clothes that I own and don't feel I need to be smaller.
Only because I want to improve myself even more is why I want to lose 10-15 pounds, NOT to satisfy some chart.

Rant over. Burn the BMI chart!!!!

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GINGERHAWK 3/29/2013 9:28AM

    It's so easy to get caught up in the numbers game (something I'm certainly guilty of myself at times!). I'm not sure at what point anyone thought that a chart could provide answers when there's so much other data out there that does a better job? Keep on rocking your healthy, fit self and numbers be damned!

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FITANDFIFTY2 3/29/2013 1:26AM

    Totally understand!! You have accomplished so much and your healthy body and active life are a great example for all to strive for!! I am with you.. burn those emoticon BMI charts!!

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ARUNNINGKAT 3/28/2013 6:01PM

    I am sure the nasty little lady would be shocked out of her wits to know what you have accomplished! She might even be secretly ashamed at the way she treated you! emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 3/28/2013 5:52PM

    I totally agree. It's a stupid to think you can measure every person ever using one single chart.

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LYNSEY723 3/28/2013 5:05PM

    emoticon Great rant! :) I agree - the dang BMI chart is rediculous. I mean, comaring you and me - I weighed in somewhere in the high 130's last time I was at the doc. BMI range normal. We must be close to the same height, I think 145 is the normal/overweight line for my height. But I cannot fit into size 4 pants comfortably!! I own them, I've worn them twice, and they always end up unbuttoned on my drive home! So how can I be any "healthier" than you?? I know from reading your blogs that I am not!!!!!

REGARDLESS......... I agree that the chart is dumb and needs to be gone!

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FITBECKSRN24 3/28/2013 4:58PM

    Agreed! Our health ins does it also. I had good numbers except for weight which also put me at overweight. They even did a thing where they measure how much fat you have versus muscle. And then the lady proceeded to tell me what to do. I was like yeah I know I'm an rn you don't have to tell me and I already do all those things anyway. And then she proceeded to argue with me! Not to mention she was quite overweight herself. Not that Im judging. But don't go rant on at me when you clearly need to take your own advice.

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AUGUSTDRAGON 3/28/2013 4:40PM

    Ranting is good, make sure to get some arm and leg movements in there too. Call it Jazzercise and add fintess minutes to your tracker. Pitch the BMI chart and scale through the window and call it weight lifting. Might as well get some good out of the visit. emoticon

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ROBYNROSE26 3/28/2013 4:39PM

    Agreed!

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