Wednesday, 8 April 2015

BMI Bullsh*t

As I've moved house, I've also had to change everything document wise. Driver's license, bank accounts, doctors.. and what comes with the latter, is a registration health check up. Oh, the joys!

So, later on I will be weighed by a nurse and she'll tell me that my BMI is 'healthy'. In fact, it will be the first time ever that a health professional has told me that I have a healthy weight - and that's a 'in the middle' sort of healthy weight, not just the 'hanging in there by the skin of my teeth' healthy weight. It's probably something to be pleased about, and yes I guess it is, but you know what? BMI is a load of bullsh*t.



This notion that everyone is healthy within this certain range is completely ridiculous. The idea that my 5'5 body will be at optimum health, at the same weight as your 5'5 body, is just not feasible at all. We are all unique, individual human beings. Small, tall, thin, short, slim, big, large, round, pointy.. you get the idea. We are diverse. BMI, however, does NOT account for this. It is a single measurement, one of which doesn't account for energy levels, happiness, cognition... life!

For starters, we all know that muscle weighs more than fat. So classifying an athlete, who is much fitter than your average person, as obese is laughable. Similarly, classifying an anorexic who has restored weight to BMI 20 but is still freezing, hungry and can't think properly, as healthy is also laughable. I should probably mention that I am not healthy at BMI 20, and only around 10% of the population are. We don't get to choose our optimum weight, just like we don't pick our height or shoe size.

Before I get questioned, I'm not saying that being severely underweight or morbidly obese is healthy, and I think if you fall into either of those categories, then deep down you know that. But what I am saying, is that you nourish your body with goodness, have great energy levels, think and function properly, interact socially, laugh, dance, cry.., chances are you are healthy even if your BMI is 'overweight' or 'underweight'. And if you've just changed your lifestyle to include those things, then don't get caught up on BMI, because your body will find it's optimum healthy point, naturally.

So yes, I finally have a healthy BMI, but really it's all a load of garbage. We are not all the same model of iPhone.. we are diverse human beings.
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26 comments

Jennifer Jayne said...

It is total BS! Because of my height I can be up to near 10st 7 but that weight doesn't suit me. Body builders are over their BMI, so are most athletes. Its utter rubbish. Just find the weight that suits you and you are happy with.
The key being healthy.

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Kasope Sonola said...

I've never actually been told my BMI cos I've just never bothered, the fact that most people in the Olympics would probably classify as overweight is laughabale though!

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Sam said...

Well said, being healthy is key! xx

Sam said...

Haha, you should keep it that way as well :) x

Sara Nielsen said...

I'm sure you looks great!

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Hayley-Eszti Szucs said...

Yes to this!! I used to be a professional dancer and I was incredibly fit and in shape, I was strong, and I would go and get weighed by my nurse and she would tell me to loose weight, I was basically all muscle! BMI should stand for *Bull**** Made-up Idiot-language haha x

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Sam said...

Thanks!

Sam said...

That's exactly why it's a load of crap. Ha, you're dead right xxxx

Issy Goode said...

Preach it! My BMI still classes me as underweight but I don't look or more importantly feel like I'm lacking anything! I exercise, I eat right and I eat lots of cake, you're right it's bullshit! I used to obsess over it a little but in recent years I've chosen to ignore it, I barely step on a scale now unless it's at the gym every few months. My housemate looks healthy too and she's considered obese by her BMI but is a size 10-12! xxx

Sam said...

It is ridiculous! As long as you are healthy, that's all that matters xxx

Csenge Orban said...

I totally agree with you! It's crap! We shouldn't be so based around our weight-.- Im so sick of it. Great post dear <3 Kisses from Hungary xo

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Sam said...

Aw thank you! xx

Sam said...

Thank you! Me too, getting a bit old, don't ya think? xx

Laura Black said...

Finally, a post that identifies that BMI is not accurate in telling you how overweight, underweight or how normal you are. Get rid of the BMI measurement completely!

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Sam said...

I completely agree! xx

Lyndsey J said...

I hate BMI meaurement, I have muscular body and have since a young age doing lots of dancing etc but I get told my BMI is too high. I feel healthy and yes may want to lose a bit of weight, If i was down to bottom of BMI healthy scale I would be ill.

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Sam said...

Being healthy is what matters! I am the same, I'm not build to be 'skinny'. just focus on being happy and enjoying life because that's what will matter when you're on your death bed. Not the size of your thighs etc xxx

Hannah said...

This is a great post Sam. My BMI has always been fairly high, although still in the healthy range, but it made me hate my body because of it. I now realise that it's how my body looks that matters, and how it functions - not just a scale that won't fit everybody. Thank you for writing this! xxx


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Tara B said...

Amazing post!

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Sam said...

And that just shows how ridiculous it is because you look incredible! xxx

Sam said...

Thanks! x

Kirsty Baker said...

I agree that BMI is a load of rubbish. It's ok to use as a rough guideline but there are so many other factors that come into play. I think it's all about how you actually look and feel and not what numbers come up. xx


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Sam said...

Yes, I completely agree! xx

TheStyleRawr said...

I know of fit people who are classed as overweight because they carry so much muscle! It doesn't make much sense, best to take it as a pinch of salt.


Tara x

Sam said...

You're absolutely right! x

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