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I would have been too fat to go to this...

Friday, July 19, 2013

I understand that the Boy Scout Jamboree includes many physically demanding activities that necessarily require certain safety limitations for both participants and those who are overseeing things (like rappelling - whoever is belaying has to be able to support the person on the rope if they fall). However...this BMI cut-off where you can't go if you have a BMI of 40 or higher makes me sad. At my heaviest, I was around 42. I wouldn't have been able to go. And for much of my adult life, I probably would have been in the category of "needs to get a doctor's note" in order to verify that EVEN THOUGH I WAS FAT, I could still participate safely. That's the kind of thing that would have killed me as a kid and the kind of thing that would have forced me to make up some excuse as to why I didn't even want to apply to go to the Jamboree, just because I didn't want to be humiliated like that.

Granted, I'm not a boy and wouldn't have been at the Jamboree anyway. But it still kind of broke my heart to read about this. Safety vs. humiliation/exclusion is unfortunately a necessary part of living an obese life. I'm just so grateful that with the support I found on SP (plus a lot of time!), I am now able to avoid finding myself torn between the two.
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  • FISHER011
    Wow! Great blog-very interesting & insightful! Thanks for sharing.
    I too didn't realize the Boy Scouts had a BMI limit.
    2068 days ago
    I had no idea. I'm glad I found this place too when I did.
    2070 days ago
    Wow, thanks for posting the link to that article. I had no idea that the Boy Scout Jamboree had a BMI requirement. I guess I'm pretty split on the issue. Even though I was obese as a kid and teenager, I don't think my BMI ever made it to 40. My BMI didn't pass 40 until I was in college. To have a BMI of 40 as a kid, you have to be carrying some substantial weight.

    As an obese adult with a BMI over 40 (hopefully not for too much longer), I am bothered that I wouldn't be able to participate, especially given that I have done nearly all of the activities they mentioned (hiking, biking, rock climbing, rafting, etc.) as an obese adult without any difficulty. Heck I just did a hike and rock climb a month ago and hiked to the top of Stone Mountain two months ago.

    Rather than excluding the kids and adults, I think it would've been better to develop alternate activities for those that have the over 40 BMIs. At least give them the opportunity to try.
    2071 days ago
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