BMI vs. Body Positive Lifestyle Choices

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BMI Chart – Wikipedia

I am overweight. When I tell people that, they laugh. But, for how I feel inside my skin, I am probably 10-15 pounds above where I’d like to be. But even if I lost that weight, I’d still be overweight according to allopathic medicine.

My comfortable weight is about 10 pounds higher than where medicine would put me for my height. It also discounts any muscle that forms from exercise or the heavy lifting that comes with parenting. Indeed, the flawed metric Body Mass Index does not take muscle growth into account.

Recently, as part of an insurance-based physical, my BMI was calculated. Medically, I am overweight. Physically, I’m not 100% comfortable, but medically is what matters these days. A lot is judged based not on how I feel, nor on my blood tests, blood pressure, and healthy eating habits, but on a height to weight ratio that was devised in 1989. A lot of scientific understanding about health has happened in 30 years, but still, the medical establishment uses this outdated metric.

Oh wait, did you catch what I wrote above?

Silly me, BMI isn’t from the 1980s! It was actually devised between 1830 and 1850.

Can you believe that? We are generating important health data using a metric that began during a time when blood letting was still popular, when war wounds were cauterized on site and the injured had to bite on straps or sticks to help the pain, and when handwashing was seen as laughable to help prevent birth delivery deaths.

But here we are anyway. Using an ancient metric from an era when slavery still existed in the United States to quantify one’s health.

As we know, bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Healthy bodies can be small or large. Unhealthy bodies can be skinny or fat or in between. And science has advanced to look at our health at a micro level to determine what is healthy and what is not.

Very little can substitute for choosing the right food, getting the right amount of sleep, and jumping off the couch for activity. But it’s time we ditch the 1800s “metric” to classify whether we have work to do or not.

Self-care and self-acceptance will do more for our health than an outdated number from the era when Martin Van Buren was the hot name in politics.

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8 thoughts on “BMI vs. Body Positive Lifestyle Choices

    • It’s amazing how we probably judge ourselves more than others do; I was once close to the so-called ideal weight and everyone thought I looked emaciated.

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    • And here they keep changing them. One doc sez I have osteopenia, the next one sez I’m fine. Or one day 130/80 is too high for blood pressure the next it is great blood pressure. The definition of “overweight” seems to vary greatly over time as well. Ch-ch-changes!

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      • Oh we know, the charts say one thing the Drs. say another. One thing is for sure is we all need to be more active and we have found a nude lifestyle has helped us be just that. Especially if one is going to allow photos of themselves to be seen by others.

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  2. 10-20 lbs really isn’t that big of a deal. It is really a self-image thing. How do I look to other people? Research shows that people with a few extra pounds survive severe trauma and disease better, so there is a balance. Far more important are things like blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and cardiovascular fitness.

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  3. We all have our own happy “body” weight, if we agree with it or not. And as Nudist/Naturists, I feel it’s our responsibility to show everyone that their body weight, if they agree with it or not, is acceptable.

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