21 thoughts on “The Limits of BMI”

  1. The old wisecrack about not being overweight but being undertall actually applies to me. If I were proportioned like most people, I’d be about four inches taller. My body is long (or my legs are short) relative to my height.

    When I was in high school and college my friends tended to be around 6’5. When seated our eyes were at a level. Standing they towered over me.

  2. I have actually been working out very seriously to lose weight. I’d like to get my body fat % down to the 10-12% range and if I did that and actually add some muscle to replace some of the fat I lose, I’d end up with a BMI that would still indicate I’d be over weight. So it is not a good metric in all cases.

    No doubt right now I have weight I need to lose, but relying only on the BMI can lead, IMO, to unhealthy results in some cases.

  3. My excuse is that I have an enormous head. Really. I buy XXL hats. Size eight, which barely exists. So, much of what reads as body mass is actually brain and skull bone. It’s all head.

    Well, that and the beer belly.

  4. Andy:

    I’ve seen Zardoz at least three times. One of the great cult movies. Connery in a loincloth, cheezy sets, a sort of pre-Shyamalan twist, silly profundities all scored with Beethoven’s 7th, second movement.

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