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What's wrong with BMI

The real shitty thing about the BMI table is this..


The last time I did a body fat test, submerged in water, the operator was shocked about my lean muscle mass. It was 157 lbs. Your bone density and muscles usually weigh about 100 lbs. SO you do the math, that's 256 lbs with no body fat. According to the BMI, I should be 139 lbs. Yeah right!!! I would be all bones and organs. So let's take a closer look at the what's wrong with the BMI.


The BMI table! The Body Mass Index (BMI) was invented in the 1830s by a Belgian statistician, sociologist, astronomer, and mathematician Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet. It was known then as the Quetelet Index and was informed by Quetelet’s interest in finding “l’homme moyen,” or "the average man." This was designed only for the average white Belgian man in the 1830s! Women and people of color were not part of the index at all.


Despite being outdated and unrelated to women's or POC’s bodies, another considerable flaw is that it does not consider the person’s body fat versus muscle content. As a result, the current BMI will inevitably classify muscly, athletic people as fatter than they are. BMI does not distinguish between excess fat, muscle, or bone mass, nor does it provide any indication of the distribution of fat among individuals. increased muscle mass.


If you want to learn more, readers should check out The Problem With BMI and Dietician Jessica Wilson on Instagram at @jessicawilson.msrd.

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