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MARYJOANNA's Photo MARYJOANNA Posts: 7,406
9/12/17 7:45 A

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I think age should play a part in determining BMI.



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8/18/17 5:49 P

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I'd go off of some other measuring tool, such as the caliper to determine if you're healthy or not. I've seen the BMI scale go both ways, and it's nothing more than a very basic, very general idea that takes almost nothing into account.

For example, right now, my BMI for my age and height says I'm right in the normal/ideal range.

Where I'm at is NOT the ideal place for my body. In fact, I'm a solid 20 pounds overweight right now.

For some people, especially heavily muscled weight lifters, the BMI can have the opposite effect.

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8/18/17 1:15 P

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these BMI calculators out there ONLY take in Height and current weight as a factor. It has no idea of your body composition. BMI does not take into account age, gender, or muscle mass. Nor does it distinguish between lean body mass and fat mass. As a result, some people, such as heavily muscled athletes, may have a high BMI even though they don't have a high percentage of body fat. In others, such as elderly people, BMI may appear normal even though muscle has been lost with aging. So it is a really flawed measuring tool that you shouldn't base your health on. Take it with a grain of salt. Keep Sparking!!!



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MARYJOANNA's Photo MARYJOANNA Posts: 7,406
8/18/17 12:54 P

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You cannot judge BMI as total truth. Age is a deciding factor as far as I am concerned.



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8/16/17 12:32 A

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A FEW people may deal with the issue, but IMO, most people are really much to fat like I am and we just have to work on it.
Glad you are in great physical shape as muscle takes up much less space than fat.



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8/14/17 8:25 A

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Is anyone pretty fit with a low body fat percentage, but still considered overweight when it comes to their BMI?

I am on the overweight/obese border and am looking to lower my BMI.




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