Sunday, March 6, 2011

BMI is Bad Misleading Information

BMI is a sham, I'm not kidding. I am very worried that our government may give this crazy little formula too much power.  If all Insurance Companies use BMI. which really stands for Body-Mass-Index, to judge my health I will be in trouble.  You see even though my body-fat percentage is between 10-11% which is in the athletic range, my BMI is 28.4, and because of that I am considered "overweight" by doctors and insurance companies.

BMI Categories:
  • Underweight = <18.5
  • Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
  • Overweight = 25–29.9 (ME)
  • Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
This is what "overweight" looks like according to BMI

11% Bodyfat is in the "Athletic" range, better than fit & Healthy

Other people that will join me in the overweight category include the Viking's Adrian Peterson, actors George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon.

Why does this matter?
Because you and I will pay more for our Health Insurance and possibly even be turned down for insurance if our Bad Misleading Information is to high.

BMI is trying to put everyone in the same shape, and we are not. Just because someone is 6'2 180lbs doesn't mean they are healthy just like being 6'1 215lbs doesn't mean you are unhealthy. We should each be judged on our individual body types and BMI should be thrown out completely.  It was a nice try, but it doesn't work. 

Another sad fact is all of the "Overweight America Charts"  from the CDC use BMI as their standard. So how overweight is our country really? If you are not a thin you are overweight, that is just sad.


  1. I am not really an expert on this topic but there may be an explanation to this. Like your weight is not proportion to your height or something. But if you are denied by insurance companies because of this, I think its another story. Btw, this Bad Misleading Information could also be the reason why there's a high percentage rate of obesity in the US...

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  2. BMI (body mass index), which is based on the height and weight of a person, is an inaccurate measure of body fat content and does not take into account muscle mass, bone density, overall body composition, and racial and sex differences.