The %%bodymass_full.jpg]body mass index is messed up. I’m 5’11” 180 pounds, putting me right on the border of being overweight with an index of 25. I know that I’m totally not overweight. Maybe it’s all the brains in my head tipping the scale. 😉 Check out your %%bodymass_full.jpg]body mass index.
I agree. its messed up! According to this chart everyone in America is not only overweight but 80% are OBESE…. Thanks for letting me in on yr stats…!
Well, we do have alot of overweight people here in America. We like our stuff BIG.
I have a friend who is 5 feet, 100 pounds and she wanted to know what her BMI is (she’s not on the chart). Here’s a calculator that even takes into consideration your age.
team nutrition.org chart. i think that one is whack too – just key in matts stats, and you’ll agree.
mine is 21.8. matt, i think yours is high because you work out and have more muscle, which is heavier than fat. i don’t think the BMI takes this into consideration.
It stats on the chart that BMI sometimes overestimates body fat in people who are muscular and underestimates body fat in people who have lost muscle mass [like the eldery”>. BMI is a great tool for most of the people in this country who are overweight slobs. If you are muscular, you know it, if you’re fat, you probably don’t. Americans are F-A-T and are in total denial about it. BMI could very well be waking up the people who need to be awoken. When I was 180 [and it wasn’t muscle kids”> and I checked my BMI, I was shocked. Now I’m down to just below 160 on my way to my ideal weight which is the healthy BMI range. My doctor is happier too.
i want a BMI for people with more muscle. “Many web sites, books, and articles that publish BMI charts tend to simplify the message. A trained athlete or physically fit individual is NOT the target of this message. These BMI charts are a tool to be used as one part of an overall health assessment. Over large population groups, many people with BMIs in the upper range, and high waist measurements or waist-to-hip ratios, are the folks with whom doctors need to discuss various aspects of health. A fit, well-nourished person with developed muscles may have a higher BMI, but it’s due to increased muscle mass.” from: http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/1530.html
People like yourself who are in shape don’t need a BMI. You KNOW you’re healthy. The BMI is supposed to catapult fat people into action.
“Many web sites, books, and articles that publish BMI charts tend to simplify the message”….I think this blog is guilty 😉
I still think its the responsibility of those who are offering the BMI chart calculator to the public to be as accurate as possible. they are offering a service and its not supposed to be used as a shock tool. It not hard to add a few questions to the assessment to make it more accurate, such as the waist /hip ratio, general exercise q (how regularly, none / Once a week/2-3 times/more than 3). Although majority of your country is over weight / unhealthy, there is still a lot of people esp kids who have insecurities and eating disorders too.