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Just Obese

Posted in Diet and Bodyweight by Mike on September 13, 2007

I hate the BMI table, always have. That said, I have just discovered that I am no longer “Extremely Obese”. I am now merely “Obese”. I don’t think a sub 200lb bodyweight is in my immediate future but should I ever hit 197, I can proudly say I am merely “Overweight” and no longer “Obese”.

It’s odd that there is no differentiation between males and females on those tables. Scott Styles is going for 175, that seems light to normal, to me, for a guy. For a girl though, 175 is a lot. She better be buff.

btw, when proponents of the BMI charts get irritated that their terms are supposed to be scientific and calculable and people misuse them, maybe they should have considered not using phrases already in the lexicon with common meanings.

Now I’m just getting irritated at those bozos, again.

4 Responses to 'Just Obese'

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  1. Chris Rice said,

    Mike – I’m considered overweight on the BMI, When I look at myself – I still think I’m skinny or at the least thin. Worthless chart at best that doesn’t take body composition into account at all. Heck even life insurance companies want bodyfat numbers anymore.

  2. Mike said,

    I have to agree with you. First, you are definitely not “over fat”, over weight, maybe, just because of mass but not over fat. Second, the table does seem to be a piece of crap. The simple lack of delimitation between males and females makes that clear. It just occasionally gets my goat that so much stock seems to be put in that stuff.


  3. I’m a bit overweight, but I am NOT obese as the BMI says. The BMI is a piece of shit that shouldn’t be used in my opinion. Strong opinions I know but I had a run in with it a few years back. Work had a health day where they took different measurements and such. One of them was the BMI. I weighed less than I do now (190ish I believe) and I was in the obese category, yet I would have had no problem working people into the ground. I think in order for me to be “healthy” I’d have to be like 160 or something…at that point I’d just be bones and skin. There really has got to be a better way.

  4. Mike said,

    I feel you there Chris.
    I guesss one of the huge issues for me is that everyone knows this chart. People seems to give it credit, yet, as you said, it’s a piece of shit. It’s bad and everyone knows it, so we all just ignore it, even folks who could learn a thing or two. It’s worse than not having a chart at all, basically.


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