For many, knowing their BMI; body mass index, has its benefits when determining things such as Total Daily Energy Expenditure and calculating optimal calorie intake for losing, gaining, or maintaining weight.
For others, this number feels like a black cloud hanging over their head, and no matter what they do...they are still plagued with being classified as overweight.
Here's the solution...stop giving a f..k about your BMI.
the science: BMI = weight in pounds/(height in inches x height in inches) x 703.
Or weight(kg)x height(m)2 (squared)
So myself for example : 180/(71x71)x703 = roughly 25.1
Guess what, I'm overweight.
The BMI was created for the government about 200 years ago by Lambert Quetelet. He was a mathematician. Not a doctor or a physician or anything. A really smart math guy. The government needed a way to tell the overall obesity level of a population. So this really smart guy came up with a quick way to solve their problem. 200 years ago. That's like in year 2250, the guy that figured out using paper clips to loop your zipper around you pants button will be held as a genius.
It doesn't not take into account bone density, muscle tone, nor fat.
I'm about 12% body fat. And overweight according to the CDC, let's not forget that part. Oh, and the height being squared? That was done as so the formula would fit the data. Yeaa, do with that what you will.
Basically folks, do not hold this all powerful (sarcasm) 200 year old mystical number as the gospel. It is a tool, not the best, but a tool nonetheless in helping to determine other factors. Do not let yourself become downtrodden because a group of men and women elected to use some really old , but really smart, also really dead guy's 2 century old mathematical McGuiver hack to tell you you're obese , or underweight, or ever ideal (which is a f..king joke in itself)
Base your progress and your goals on how you feel, how clothes fit, on how you're progressively able to walk longer, run faster, feel refreshed, lift more, or even just lift. These should be our bases for fitness. Not a number. Albeit a weight scale, or a BMI.
Take care folks. Stay hungry. Stay humble. And ALWAYS be the hardest working motherlover you know.
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Well apparently im obese haha if i was to care about my BMI id be going through severe depression right now. Imagine being called obese
I've always thought bmi was complete and total bs! According to bmi I should weigh what I weighed in my sophomore year of high school...i wasn't even a full grown man then and was weak as f@&k!
Thanks for the history on how it came to be though...that I found more interesting than bmi itself.
I have a lot of problems with the fda, aacsm, and really the government.
But my problems with bmi:
1). body mass index wasn’t designed to judge individuals weight, rather it was designed to "judge" weight of the entire population. For studies on a massive scale and what not.
2). The formula was created to determine the body mass of men, not women.
3). BMI doesn’t differentiate between fat and muscle.
And sorry in advanced if you have noted this in your post DJ. As you can see I didn't read the whole thing lol
*did you know this bmi formula was created in the 1830s* hmmmm
Apparently I'm teetering between overweight and normal. . . I'll have to let me bikini know. . . .
I don't believe in it too. I look stupidly skinny for a person with 21% BF . Maybe it's just my longer narrower body frame. I remember how I looked at lower body fat and it makes me cringe to even look at those old photos now. I am never going back to that again. I only trust me mirror.
According to mine im severely obese! I'm overweight and chunky yes but it can be hard to not listen to people who tell you otherwise.
Mine says I'm underweight though...
But both BMI and the frickin' scale can't see my progress and how healthy I am now, so I'm just gonna ignore them
Could careless about BMI, but body fat%... yes. Overall, I I'm not a number and could careless.
I've refreshed my bmi multiple times and yes I agree it's a crock of s***. Ur head alone weighs 10 lbs that's not fat muscles weigh more than fat. This chart is completely inaccurate. I'm 5ft even my projected healthy weight based on my bmi is 113 lbs which is bad I've been down that small before and I've gotta say I looked sick and didn't feel healthy at all. I'm not going to say I'm healthy now but I'm trying to work on that but my goal is 120-130 not 113 once again the government is stupid.
I had my bmi taken at 31 at the docs. I am in great shape and the nurse still have me the BMI speech lol
I love this post. Needs to stay at the top for everyone to read.
I don't look at BMI.. for me it's all about inches, muscle% and fat%. Muscle weighs heavier than fat. BMI is outdated.