Sunday, October 27, 2013
A month or so ago, I read a blog entry from one of our fellow Sparkers who was super excited because her BMI had her at "overweight" instead of "obese." I loved her blog, and today I calculated my BMI and got 29.6... Overweight.
I have all the problems with BMI that I think everyone does -- it doesn't take into account our builds, our muscles, our bones, our overall health... Anything, really. Besides which, I really dislike their classifications -- "normal?" Why not "Healthy?"
But I calculate it anyways, because although it's flawed, it is also useful -- even just as a starting point.
I have three goal weights (170 would be okay, 160 would be good, 150 would be amazing). These are based on my distant memories of being slender and healthy. When I was deciding whether or not they would be okay, I plugged them into the BMI to see if they fit in the healthy range (I won't call it normal, that's offensive). They do. Which kind of suggests that there's something to the BMI, even if it isn't perfect.
On the other hand, my lowest weight - which I reached when I was 19, anorexic, stressed, drinking more than eating, and basically completely unhealthy - is also within the "normal" range, though. Which suggests to me that the BMI is far from perfect. If that was healthy, I'm a pumpkin.
One of my catalysts for getting started on this weight loss journey was realizing that I was approaching morbid obesity by AMA standards, using the BMI. So one of my first goals was to be "overweight" as judged by BMI (which I think is also the AMA standard?) before New Year's... It took 1 year and 6 months, but I made it.
Hopefully, someday, someone will put together a better way for us to really calculate our BMI, and whether we're in a healthy weight range or not. In the meantime, I'll keep following my BMI and celebrating the flawed victories as they come.