BMI doesn't suck; people just use it wrong. It was never intended to be used to say, "You, Joe, are too heavy for your height and you're going to drop dead of a heart attack tomorrow." It was meant for calculating risks on a statistical basis. A large group of people where most of the individuals have a BMI of 24 will have fewer sick people than a group where most of the individuals are at 16 or 32.
It's like a speed limit. If the speed limit on your highway is 60, that doesn't mean you're absolutely going to crash and die if you drive 62, and it doesn't mean you *can't* crash and die if you drive 55. It means that when the engineers tested the road, they decided that for most drivers in typical weather in an average car, if a a cow wandered out onto the pavement or a tire blew or a crate of chickens fell off a truck, a driver going 60 would be able to recover and avoid an accident. If you're driving a brand-new high-performance car with perfect tires and you're Jimmie Johnson, you can probably be perfectly safe at 70.
Unfortunately, as you know if you've spent much time on the highway, a LOT of people think they're Jimmie Johnson in a showroom Viper when they're really Joe Schmoe in a 1998 Dodge Ram held together with duct tape. When I was obese, I could lay down on the bed and suck in my stomach and see my hipbones, and I told myself that meant I was "big boned" and the normal BMI was WAY too low for me.
If someone is at a BMI of 29 and has visible abs, it *might* mean they're very muscular and have nothing to worry about, or it *might* mean they just have less fat right under their skin and more deep inside where it doesn't show but where it does enormously raise their risk of obesity-related disease. The only way to know is to go beyond the scale and get a test that measures body fat (or to be brutally honest with oneself; if you are in fact a professional-caliber athlete with a BMI of 29, you're fine, but if you're a dude with an office job who works out a lot, at 29 you're probably not obese, but you probably do have a little more body fat than is really healthy.)
Unless you're a pro athlete, losing a little weight isn't going to hurt you. Think about getting down to about 27, at least. That's actually the point where health problems start statistically for people of European and/or African ancestry. That used to be the beginning of the overweight zone in the early days of the BMI, when they only had statistics for Europe. Once the rest of the world was measured, averages went down. At a BMI of 27, with visible musculature, you can be pretty sure you're not endangering your health even if you don't get the body fat test. And who knows? At a BMI of 27, maybe your 4-pack will be a full 6-pack! You may just be one of those lucky folks who can look like the advertisements.
| current weight: 132.0