Obesity Rates May Be Worse Than We Think
Hopefully, you are aware of what BMI is. If not, here's a link to explain it and calculate your own. By the current standards, less than 18 is underweight, 18-25 is normal weight, 25-30 is overweight and over 30 is obese.
The article summarizes research done that shows BMI can indicate people are overweight when body fat tests would show they are obese. Those people who are not diagnosed as obese would be missing out on information about risks and complications of obesity since they aren't being diagnosed.
The research authors suggest lowering the obesity threshold from 30 to 28 for men and 24 for women.
Crap. If that is adopted, that means I just went from borderline "overweight" to actually "obese". You read that right.
I'm 5'4" and weight between 142 and 144 on any given day. Based on those numbers, my BMI is 24. According to BMI standards, I am just barely a healthy weight and under the new standards, I would be obese.
What BMI misses is that I'm a triathlete and lifetime athlete. My pant size is 4/6. For those of you who know me, I am not a slender build, I prefer to call it "farmer build". My blood pressure and cholesterol are on the low end of healthy and my body fat percent is consistently less than 18%. The last time I had it measured by a professional, it was +/- 15%. For reference, here is a body fat percentage chart that shows the ranges for men and women, and for age groups.
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