Skip to comments.Body Mass Index - How Reliable?
Posted on 07/15/2013 9:39:52 AM PDT by fwdude
In my efforts to be prepared for the civil unrest that is undoubtedly coming, I'm on a mission to get into better shape in my early fifties, and have revisited the health measure called Body Mass Index (BMI.) Just needing the input from some of you who agree or disagree with this seemingly arbitrary calculation.
It seems to be absolutely ridiculous to me in one sense. In my healthiest lean days I was still considered "overweight" according to the BMI calculation. Now, I'm considered "obese," when anyone looking at me would never describe me as such. If I got down just to the high end of the acceptable weight range, I would look like a famine-ravished Ethiopian.
The calculation for BMI:
BMI = mass(lbs)/height²(in.) x 703
The interpretation charts follows:
BMI below 18.5 is underweight, from 18.5-24.9 is normal, 25-29.9 is overweight, and 30 and over is "obese."
Are there other qualifying factors I should consider when looking at my raw BMI rating? These raw numbers seem bogus to me.
Thanks, health FReepers.
Weak, sickly, emaciated populations provide less resistance to the progressive takeover of your liberty and wealth.
so, I'm not overweight, I'm undertall.
He was amazed at how small Arnold was. The film editors must've had to work overtime to project his larger than life persona.
BMI is the dumbest measure, ever.
I have about 9% body fat (you can see 8 abs). I have a 34 inch waist.
I also deadlift 495 for 3, bench 405 for 6, squat (ass to ground) 520 for 5, do 15 pullups no stop, and easily can run a mile in under 7 minutes.
I’m morbidly obese per BMI.
Arnold is 6’2”.
You must be thinking of Stallone.
Third from the left, standing, and far right both have mental BMI’s way beyond obese squared.
Congratulations! Obamacare will require that your BMI be reported to HHS every year to track you, and most likely you will be penalized for your fantastic health. Your doctor will be required track your success in reducing your BMI to their satisfaction, and report to HHS for further instructions.
Looks like Arnold has been lying about his height.
Just read where he more like 5’10”; at best.
The claims for Arnold’s Height on the internet range from 5’6 to 6’2
The Indian guy to the Left of him is 6’3” and Carl Weathers to the right is 6’1”
If you were to move Arnold “Down the Hill” he looks like he would definitely be a few inches shorter.
Jesse is 6’5” I guess that’s why he at the bottom of the hill
Like I said, he was definitely taller than me.
I also noticed that you can’t see Arnold’s feet behind the guy kneeling in front. Arnold was obviously standing on something. In addition, I don’t thin is was an accident the kneeling guy was directly in front of Arnold and not centered in the picture.
BMI was designed to analyze populations. If you want an easy measure of how obese 100 million people are, then BMI is useful. It was never intended for individuals. Any doctor who uses BMI on an individual is wearing a flashing neogn on he head that reads, “MORON!”
Want to know if you have fat to lose? Look in the mirror. At 55, and at 5’7-8” & 175 lbs, I could afford to lose 15 lbs. If I got down to 155, I wouldn’t be ripped, but I’d be close to it. 160 would be about prime for general health. For me, and my build. Back when I didn’t lift weights, that figure would have been 135-140.
Sorry about the spelling errors. That what happens when you multitask. Hopefully I didn’t send any FR posts to work...
I grew up in gymnastics. The more muscle we developed the more our coaches told us we needed to drop weight because our BMI was high. It wasn’t until my college coach took the time to measure body fat percentage (underwater weighing) that I realized what total bunk BMI is.
I couldn’t break above 196 all the way through my 30’s. Then I hit the mid-40’s and slowly have been gaining, up to my high of 247. Have lost almost 10 lbs since then, and am aiming at 200-205, which puts me in the low “overweight” category of BMI.
Wrestlers have the opposite issue, trying to lose too much weight. Our coaches were good with the calipers and they’d tell us not to lose any more.
I married a wrestling coach. What a fine line that is!
now i qualify for disability.
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