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# Thread: BMI Confusion...

1. ## BMI Confusion...

I'm a little confused about the validity of the BMI as a means of truly evaluating whether someone is underweight, overweight or neither (normal?).

If I use myself as an example; I'm a 44 year old male who stands 69 inches tall and is currently 185.8 lbs. This gives me a BMI of 27.4; which means "overweight." I buy off on this notion. However, my challenge comes in calculating what the right "normal" weight would be for me. If I use the assumption that a normal weight is anything between 18.5 and 24.9; this equates to a weight range of 125 to 168.5 lbs (calculator being used is http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/).

If I target the middle of normal, it equates to a value of 146.75. I was an athlete in high school and college and haven't weighed under 150 lbs since maybe my freshman year in high school when I was a runt. My question becomes how realistic is BMI as a means of determining normalcy; am I looking at this wrongly?

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2. I think BMI is largely BS, honestly. It doesn't take into account body composition (muscle vs fat) or size of frame, etc. I think it's something you need to feel out yourself as you go, or see if you can find a BMI calculator that gives you a good range. I always remember the analogy about Michael Jordan- technically, according to BMI Michael Jordan would be considered very overweight or slightly obese. But seriously, who would look at someone with that much muscle and so little fat and think he was fat? I think the better measure is a body fat test, because it measures the percentage of body fat you have in relation to the rest of your body. Then you aim for a certain percentage of fat vs muscle, etc. More realistic. I know that the top of my range would even be too small, so I'd be content to settle at 10 or 15lbs overweight, but I have a decent amount of muscle bulk.

3. The BMI was never intended to be an accurate measurement of an individual's healthy body weight. It was designed to be applied to POPULATIONS, to describe obesity trends of large groups of people. Many have argued (including its creators) that BMI measurement becomes completely arbitrary when applied to individuals. That being said, for some strange reason everyone from health professionals to personal trainers to insurance underwriters have implemented BMI as the gold standard for determining healthy target weights in individuals. A universal standard for determining ideal weight simply cannot exist, their are too many variables between individuals (muscle mass, gender, bone density, pre- and post-pubescene, hormonal imbalances, etc.)

4. ## BMI Confusion...

Originally Posted by kdkaboom55
The BMI was never intended to be an accurate measurement of an individual's healthy body weight. It was designed to be applied to POPULATIONS, to describe obesity trends of large groups of people. Many have argued (including its creators) that BMI measurement becomes completely arbitrary when applied to individuals. That being said, for some strange reason everyone from health professionals to personal trainers to insurance underwriters have implemented BMI as the gold standard for determining healthy target weights in individuals. A universal standard for determining ideal weight simply cannot exist, their are too many variables between individuals (muscle mass, gender, bone density, pre- and post-pubescene, hormonal imbalances, etc.)
Awesome, intelligent explanation!

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6. Originally Posted by alison3492
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