Am I overweight for my height? Is the question I always ask myself and I am sure is the question millions of people ask themselves every single day. We constantly are told overweight causes complicated health problems which can shorten your lifespan.
You can see that the body mass index (BMI) is flawed and inaccurate for people who have athletic bodies. With this method, a world champion boxer or runner would be considered obese, not merely overweight. Take, for instance, Jack LaLannene or George Foreman who are in better shape than most people are half their age.
However, according to BMI they would be considered obese not just overweight. This infers that even though athletes get their body weight from muscle, how you can describe them as obese or even fat.Going with the premise that muscle weight is denser than fat cells; it is possible to become heavier even though one becomes trimmer and healthier. An occasional weight check can verify this. Actually, waist measurement is much more accurate than the number on a scale.
We know our bodies better than any “index” can provide. Check to to find out if I am overweight for my height? If yes then I can take the necessary steps to reduce my weight to healthy weight.
Finally, the last issue about BMI is something proponents use as a defense. It is simpler to call BMI a guide for the “average” person. Hot can everyone fit into a slot called “average?” What exactly does average mean? Perhaps not everyone can be referred to as average. Maybe average isn’t the norm for which to strive. Those experts who preach BMI as the ideal indicator of measuring your body mass and then categorizing it often don’t have impressive bodies. In fact, I don’t know about you but I am happy in my own skin as long as I am within the healthy weight range!