As you know by now, I have been struggling with my weight forever. I am finally gaining momentum and discovering what strategies work for me. Despite my success lately, I have always had some resentment with the concept of BMI. I know it is a tool, scale, a measure but this number has been a real pain for me. There was a time when I would become really upset about it. But now I realize that was just plain silly.
But here is the thing that upset me. That number represented a national even global view of my situation. When you read all the information about BMI you see that it is a screening and that it is not perfect. For example, athletes with high muscle mass will calculate out as overweight and even sometimes obese even though they are obviously very healthy. Now I wish I could say that was me. It is not.
So let’s see what the CDC has to say about all this:
For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the “body mass index” (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat.
•An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
•An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
I just recently squeaked out of the overweight range. I now have a BMI of 24.55. If I gain a pound or two then I back in the obese range. So will I allow this number to dictate how I feel about myself and my successes? That is what I am working on. I will continue to strive for healthy choices in all areas of my life and to lose those last 10 pounds or so.
But then comes the hard part…being content and maintaining the new healthy weight and lifestyle.
Here are a few resources that I liked:
BMI Calculator: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/weight-loss/bmi/?ordersrc=googlead02bmicalculator
CDC information on Obesity: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/index.html
Dr. Oz’s website did a nice job of providing information too: http://www.sharecare.com/health/obesity-overweight-condition