Quite honestly, I wish the whole diet industrial complex would finally get the message that BMI is a statistical tool meant for entire populations, not individuals. I'm at a higher point of the so-called "normal" BMI range, yet I'm far more likely to develop certain co-morbidities (e.g. a replacement knee) than people in the "obese" range simply because of my medical history and- oh no!- physical activities.
I agree that physical fitness is a better indicator of health (and future health) than any other, but I also think that's incredibly ableist, classist, and a host of other -ists. Waist circumference ratio is a good tool, I believe, but one that needs further testing against long-term mortality rates.
My final conclusion on the "weight issue"? Every person has to decide for themselves how they feel, whether they want to lose weight or not, whether they are fit or not, whether they are happy. The recent AMA classification of obesity as a disease makes me want to smash something in rage- obese people have been treated the way Lori has by her doctor for far too long, and the association obese=disease is only going to hurt more individuals. Obesity is NOT a disease, obese people are NOT a disease.
Weight is a non-issue for me in everyone who isn't myself. I'll never look at anyone and think "unhealthy" just because of their body shape. I can only hope that doctors, and society, will finally catch up and allow people to just be, without making them into a socio-economic and political tool.
- 6/25/2013 7:43:12 AM