Does BMI matter

Posted by imallears @imallears, Oct 15, 2019

Hello all,

I’ve read some posts about BMI lately. @contentandwell ….your doctor advised you not to lose any more weight so I would listen to him. I would say that the few extra pounds he said people should put on as they age depends on where that weight is. If you are packing on pounds around the belly and waist then that is not healthy and can lead to diabetes and heart disease. If the pounds are distributed throughout the body then a few extra pounds is not problematic. Telling people your BMI doesn’t mean anything unless you know the height, weight and gender.

I personally think the BMI number is misleading and people need not dwell on it if they are in overall good health and do NOT lead a sedentary lifestyle.
A sedentary lifestyle, to me anyway, is extremely detrimental to everyone.
My BMI tells me I am underweight. But, if you measure my waist and hips, then that number is healthy according to another way of thinking. You are suppose to divide your waist by your hips. I’ve always been on the narrow, not too hippy, side so what does that mean ?

Anyway, I deliberately eat well, exercise and don’t count calories and am not concerned with that. You’d be surprised at the number of overweight people in my age group who call me skinny. I’m not skinny by any means so I think that’s a bit of sour grapes. If I refuse a piece of your cake it’s because I don’t like icing and don’t care much for cake. Please don’t scoff at my decision. I’m not going to say I don’t like cake when you went to the trouble of making it…that’s just insensitive. I will grab a brownie though lol. I think we should not be influenced too much by numbers and a few extra pounds but do be concerned on where those pounds are.

I wanted to get this discussion out of the gratitude section even though the posts on obesity and body image were appropriate there. Please share your thoughts…..I know you guys will weigh in on this (oh good grief that’s an unintentional pun).

FL Mary

Hello @imallears. I'd like to invite some of the members who were discussing this topic in the thread you mentioned (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/prejudice-and-pre-conceptions/) in the Just Want to Talk group. @contentandwell, @hopeful33250, @ellerbracke were active in that discussion and may wish to join it here in Healthy Living to share more specific thoughts on balancing BMI, healthy living, and keeping yourself happy doing so.

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Hello @contentandwell

When the discussion began about "Recognizing My Own Bias" I posted the following:

"The numbers on a scale merely represent your body's relationship with gravity. They do not determine worth, talent, beauty, or the ability to have a wonderful heart."

I saw this quote on a scale in my doctor's office at the University of Michigan. It is very hard to practice this in our society that seems to value thinness over health but I feel it is true. If you look at magazine covers you will see thin women and this is marketed as being what everyone should strive for.

As I've gotten to know you through Connect, I see you as a person with many great qualities. I agree with @imallears. If you think less about your BMI and more about your overall health, wellness and happiness, it will serve you better.

Will you give it a try?

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@hopeful33250

Hello @contentandwell

When the discussion began about "Recognizing My Own Bias" I posted the following:

"The numbers on a scale merely represent your body's relationship with gravity. They do not determine worth, talent, beauty, or the ability to have a wonderful heart."

I saw this quote on a scale in my doctor's office at the University of Michigan. It is very hard to practice this in our society that seems to value thinness over health but I feel it is true. If you look at magazine covers you will see thin women and this is marketed as being what everyone should strive for.

As I've gotten to know you through Connect, I see you as a person with many great qualities. I agree with @imallears. If you think less about your BMI and more about your overall health, wellness and happiness, it will serve you better.

Will you give it a try?

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@hopeful33250
Hi,

Awesome quote and a great reminder in the uphill battle against society’s perception of the ideal , perfect person.

FL Mary

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@imallears, Yes, Mary, the quote really resonated with me as well. I wish it could be on the cover of every woman's magazine but I doubt that will happen.

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@imallears my doctor actually never said to not lose more, but he has expressed approval of my current weight. When I was about 15 – 20 pounds heavier I asked him how much more he thought I should lose and he said about 5 pounds but I obviously lost more than that.

@hopeful33250 Teresa, I really do not worry about my BMI at all, it is what it is. I concentrate more on the weight that I would like to be at, about 7 or 8 pounds lighter. I’ve been there and want to get back there, mainly because I have some very nice clothes that are awfully snug now!
JK

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@contentandwell

@imallears my doctor actually never said to not lose more, but he has expressed approval of my current weight. When I was about 15 – 20 pounds heavier I asked him how much more he thought I should lose and he said about 5 pounds but I obviously lost more than that.

@hopeful33250 Teresa, I really do not worry about my BMI at all, it is what it is. I concentrate more on the weight that I would like to be at, about 7 or 8 pounds lighter. I’ve been there and want to get back there, mainly because I have some very nice clothes that are awfully snug now!
JK

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@contentandwell I love the quote that Teresa sent and I agree you have to feel good at your weight Ive lost a lot of weight in the past and didn't feel good but when I put the extra 15 lbs back on I felt good again

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@contentandwell

@imallears my doctor actually never said to not lose more, but he has expressed approval of my current weight. When I was about 15 – 20 pounds heavier I asked him how much more he thought I should lose and he said about 5 pounds but I obviously lost more than that.

@hopeful33250 Teresa, I really do not worry about my BMI at all, it is what it is. I concentrate more on the weight that I would like to be at, about 7 or 8 pounds lighter. I’ve been there and want to get back there, mainly because I have some very nice clothes that are awfully snug now!
JK

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I understand, @contentandwell, losing your favorite clothing items because of a few pounds is discouraging.

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Did not think this discussion, partly started by my prejudice topic, is still alive. I agree that within reason you should listen to your body, what it tells you about how your weight makes you feel. Other than pregnancies, and when stopping smoking, I had been stuck at a very healthy weight. Feeble attempts to drop some (10) lbs. never took hold. Then, 3 years ago due to some dental problems I fairly quickly dropped about 8 lbs., then eventually 4 more. Now I’m contentedly stuck again at the new, lower weight. I think the main benefit has been for my knees (both the TKR one, and the remaining -so far – good one.) Whenever I have to carry extra significant weight for a while, as in lugging a 2 gallon pump sprayer for an hour or 2, I can tell that those extra pounds do not feel good to me any more. And yes, my PCP never commented about my weight – I was always average, but he totally ignored the 12 lb. loss. However, he has known me for years, and that I tend to be fairly active, so I’m sure he saw no reason to suspect anything out of the ordinary, health-wise.

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@hopeful33250

I understand, @contentandwell, losing your favorite clothing items because of a few pounds is discouraging.

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hopeful33250
So true…I can tell by the zipper on my jeans. Thank goodness for elastic waistbands.

FL Mary

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Repeating here what @lioness just said. "Love the quote that Teresa sent and I agree you have to feel good at your weight".

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Truly, one size does not fit all. I found the input interesting as well as insightful.

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I agree with @parus– One size does not fit everyone. However confusing the BMI is doctors use it to make sure that your weight is within reason so that you don't run into problems like high blood pressure. When you are overweight your blood pressure also goes up. Right now, for this time of year I wish that I was 6 pound less as told to me in no uncertain terms by one of my doctors is a must! Yes I got a dressing down. That being said I am also more depressed and angry when I am a bit over weight even if the lines on my face smooth out somewhat! lol.
What Does Your Body Mass Index (BMI) Number Mean?

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I like the definition for BMI that CDC uses because it states it is not diagnostic of health or fatness. With that being said, we all know that excess weight MAY impact your health.

CDC definition:
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. BMI can be used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems but it is not diagnostic of the body fatness or health of an individual.

reference: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/index.html

Laurie

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@merpreb

I agree with @parus– One size does not fit everyone. However confusing the BMI is doctors use it to make sure that your weight is within reason so that you don't run into problems like high blood pressure. When you are overweight your blood pressure also goes up. Right now, for this time of year I wish that I was 6 pound less as told to me in no uncertain terms by one of my doctors is a must! Yes I got a dressing down. That being said I am also more depressed and angry when I am a bit over weight even if the lines on my face smooth out somewhat! lol.
What Does Your Body Mass Index (BMI) Number Mean?

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@merpreb I too got a bit of a stern mention from my PCP last week telling me I needed to lose the weight I had gained — about 8 pounds. A lot of it happened due to my inactivity from my fracture, that caused me to be at home more and somewhat depressed. I got into some really bad eating habits but I am back to working hard at losing those extra pounds.
To paraphrase a common expression, "eat, drink, and be merry, tomorrow you must diet".

Also, speaking of BMI, if you have a lot of muscle your BMI will be higher too. My son is fairly muscular, he works out a lot, and his BMI is not within the desirable range for his height, but he has no fat on him.
JK

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