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).