Does BMI matter
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).
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Truly, one size does not fit all. I found the input interesting as well as insightful.
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?
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.
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.
@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.