There seems to be pockets of people that absolutely buy 100% into BMI (as in, an overall way to judge one's weight being "healthy" by using height and gender).
Also, there are pockets of people that don't believe in BMI (it's too "generalized", doesn't account for muscle mass or larger/denser bone structure, etc).
What do you, in an overall sense, think about BMI?
Please vote and elaborate as much as you like.
Thanks for your input. :)
- Overall, I think BMI is reliableVote A
- Overall, I think BMI is bogusVote B
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BMI is just another way people can criticize someone for not fitting into the 'norm'. A lot of professional athletes BMI's are considered overweight and obese. The problem with BMI is that it doesn't take into account your muscle, so someone who has a lot of muscle mass will register a higher BMI.
Also, BMI doesn't look at other factors that could affect your health other than weight. What about blood pressure? Blood sugar, cholesterol levels, heart function? There are so many other things to consider, and everyone is different.
We each have different genetic factors that are going to make us more susceptible to something than another person. Doctors and patients have to keep that in mind and actually monitor things without solely relying on BMI as the sole health indicator.
A person can be a good weight, but still have terrible health, and I think that is the problem. A lot of people who work out, but still register with a higher BMI are being criticized by the media and doctors for having a high BMI, when some smaller people are in trouble health wise, because everything looks fine according to the BMI chart. Yet the smaller people are having their health conditions going un-noticed, which can be dangerous.
Also, someone like me who has a larger frame is being told by my doctor that I need to be this ideal weight. I have been close to the ideal weight, by 20lbs and my ribs were sticking out :S And I looked very bad. I also lost a lot of muscle weight, so it wasn't good. Some people are meant to be larger, not unhealthy, but bigger than others. Some people have smaller frames so they can weigh less and still be healthy for their frame.