Alternate post title…”BMI is BS”, but that seemed like a bit much. Keepin PG around here.
It’s WIAW which means I’m here to share my day of eats with you all. As promised on Monday, I’m diving into a heavier topic (#pungamestrong) that hopefully will make you think a little and even encourage you.
A conversation with my family on Sunday actually inspired this post. We were talking about weight classifications and BMI, and I shared that in my opinion, weight isn’t important but that overall lifestyle is the best indicator of health. I was met with debate, which was slightly irritating, but it did get me thinking…so I whipped out my handy dandy computer and did a little research.
First, let’s start with the BMI chart. It was created in the 1830s by a man named Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet. Wait stop right here…the 1830s! We’re still using a chart that was developed in the 1830s?!? It has been updated since then, but come on people, it’s obvious that it’s outdated. I took the time to find some articles from well respected sources that explain, better than I can, the issues with using the BMI scale as an overall health measure.
Beyond BMI via Slate
BMI: Why Body Mass Index Isn’t the Best Measure of a Healthy Weight via Huffington Post
What Your BMI Doesn’t Tell You via WebMD
So why do we still use it? I don’t know exactly, but I imagine it’s because we haven’t found another method that can be used across the board to determine health. That’s the problem though! This method completely neglects the person as a whole. It just looks at their height and weight. What about their diet, level of physical activity, relationships, and mental health? Those are just environmental factors. Actual physical factors could be cholesterol levels, body fat, liver function, and heart health. A BMI scale or weight calculation can’t measure any of that.
As for weight as a health measurement…have you ever thought about what you’re actually weighing when you weigh yourself? It’s not just fat cells. It’s not even mostly fat cells. It’s water. It’s bone. It’s muscle and tissues and organs.
Bottom Line: Weight and BMI can not accurately measure your overall wellness. They’re just numbers.
Your overall health can not be determined by these numbers. Okay brace yourselves, Vangie’s about to say something a little shocking.
I think people who are considered ‘overweight’ can be just as healthy or healthier than someone who is ‘skinny’ and in the normal weight range. Healthy is not a size or shape, it’s a way of life, and it’s different for every person.
I will end by saying that BMI and weight are still useful in some situations. However, as a holistic measurement of health, they leave a lot to be desired.
Linking up with Laura today. Happy Wednesday friends.
Bye loves ❤
So tell me…
What are your thoughts on BMI and using weight measurements as a health indicator?
Tell me something yummy you ate today.