Skip to comments.Body Mass Index - How Reliable?
Posted on 07/15/2013 9:39:52 AM PDT by fwdude
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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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