May 04, 2007

BMI Says...


So, when I moved back to Chicago last Fall, I joined a LifeTime Fitness by my work in order to avoid rush-hour traffic in the morning.

After 8 months of working out 5 days a week, I've gone down a belt size, I feel better, and am now officially, according to the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator... OVERWEIGHT.

Because during this 8 months, I also GAINED over 10 pounds, elevating me into this higher category. So, my contention is that BMI is stupid. It's merely a ratio of height:weight, and it penalizes those for obtaining muscle mass. So, for a woman who joins a gym because her BMI is scaring her, she's not going to lower it by lifting weights, even though that may help her overall condition of health. Unfair.

I want a better index to judge overall health. Does this exist?

8 comments:

matt j said...

percent body fat... but it can't be determined on an online calculator

Arcane Rest said...

i 2nd the thought of matt....% body fat is a way better calculation.

there are many different ways to get this measurement, e.g. skin fold calipers, bioelectrical impedence, bodpod.

a simple test to judge overall health will have all the same problems as the BMI, unless it took a few hours to perform

the test must look at: lean to non-lean mass, diet, health history, flexibilty, aerobic and anaerobic fitness, strength, and other things.

Sabai said...

can't i just compare the attractiveness of my wife with those around me? The more attractive my wife is must be a direct proportion to how much better (healthier) I look than other males.

Arcane Rest said...

but the attractiveness of one's wife is rather subjective

Sabai said...

that's just something people with ugly wives say.

lauren said...

hahaha

my sister(your wife) is ridiculously attractive...

so eric pretty much wins this one.

Arcane Rest said...

jerkface....bestman status rejected

Sabai said...

since you are not yet married, that comment could not possibly have been an inference towards you. Therefore, I remain your best man. HA!