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BMI Sucks

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I just took the American Heart Association 7 step assessment tool survey thingy (
) and all of my scores were "excellent" except for the BMI. At 163-165 pounds, my BMI is above 25, which means that I'm considered "overweight." Screw that! My body fat percentage is only 27% these days, which is perfectly average. And I get 180 minutes of moderate activity and 90 minutes of vigorous activity per week, don't eat processed foods, and get lots of servings of whole grains and fruits and vegetables. Why should I be told to choose the "next step" of seeing a dietician to ensure I'm burning more calories than I'm consuming? Or reducing my portion size?

BMI just isn't fair to those of us who are built from "depleted uranium," as my parents used to say (that is, very densely and heavier than we look). I'm going to ignore what the survey thing said and just be happy that I got "excellent" scores on everything else. My heart should be in good shape!

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  • SPARKLE1908
    I never take those surveys, etc. seriously because there are too many "factors" that aren't long as my doctor says that I am ok or whatever, that is the only "BMI" I care about...good job with the rest of that!!!!
    1914 days ago
  • 45AQUA-MAN
    I totally agree BMI has been one of my pet peeves for a long time. When I went below 185 I looked terrable so I went back up to 185 and I'm fine. My wife likes me at 195. I think the BMI is set for people without muscle.
    1918 days ago
    I completely understand where you're coming from!! I have the same problem, but I think you're on the right track! You have to focus on the positive and realize that there's always going to be something that is off. You can't let yourself worry when you're on the right track and doing well. Just keep working at it and doing what you're doing. You're doing great... don't let it get you down! :)

    1918 days ago
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