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    My XH always had a high BMI. He was tall & muscular. Couldn't actually grab or pinch a roll anywhere. BMI said he was obese.

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    BMI never pretended to be an accurate measure of health and fitness?

    It's pointless to argue about the tool used to measure a pandemic issue such as obesity.
    There's no denying that we are becoming fatter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BerryDelicious View Post
    My XH always had a high BMI. He was tall & muscular. Couldn't actually grab or pinch a roll anywhere. BMI said he was obese.
    Yes BMI is a measure of density.

    If you have a high BMI it's because you are heavy. Some people because they are very muscular (athletes...) but the VAST majority because they have too much fat.

    I don't think we have an issue with people getting too musculation or fit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BerryDelicious View Post
    My XH always had a high BMI. He was tall & muscular. Couldn't actually grab or pinch a roll anywhere. BMI said he was obese.
    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Bmi is an outdated inaccurate measurement. Body Fat Percentage is much better. When I joined the gym years ago I had a BMI of 25. 6 months later after 5 day a week sessions.... my BMI was 25 lol my weight had not changed. But my body fat went from 33% to 20. I was the fittest in my adult life then.

    Before I had DD was thin. I also hate badly, not eating all day (long hours at work) then eating junk for tea. I didn't exercise. Yet BMI says I was healthier then, then I am now eating healthy and going to the gym 5 days a week. It has nothing to do with not wanting to admit I'm fat lol it really isn't a good measure of health and fitness.
    This is why we are saying it's an indication only, and small percentage it won't be accurate with.
    When you correlate Bmi stats with cause of death stats you can clearly see a link and can conclude majority of high bmi stats are also unhealthy.
    If this wasn't the case then the leading causes of death wouldn't be weight and diet related

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    BMI never pretended to be an accurate measure of health and fitness?
    Isn't that how people are being measured for this information though? Several people have discussed BMI and what is obese. It is used as a an accurate measure though. Just off the top of my head, women who are pg above a certain BMI can't birth in certain hospitals. Some specialists refuse to operate over a certain BMI. It's very much a universal measure used both with lay people and the medical community.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    Wow ok. I thought I was making a valid point. One that more and more fitness professionals are making.

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    I think the problem with BMI is that its not a full picture of someone's health, only of their weight. As @delirium said, you can be thin and unhealthy or larger and healthy.

    I'm heavier now than I've ever been, but healthier & feel better than I ever have before.

    So I think the focus needs to move away from BMI and towards an overall picture of health - strength, stamina, weight, immunity, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Wow ok. I thought I was making a valid point. One that more and more fitness professionals are making.
    Do you believe in the obesity epidemic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    BMI never pretended to be an accurate measure of health and fitness?

    It's pointless to argue about the tool used to measure a pandemic issue such as obesity.
    There's no denying that we are becoming fatter.
    I think this is why Australia has such a problem with obesity. People deny the stats, and have a whole range of excuses as to why they are overweight or obese.
    BMI is not an accurate measurement, but you only have to look around to see that there is a problem.
    I'm sure I'll ruffle some feathers with this post, but I'm not having a dig at anyone. Health reasons and body shape does not cause a pandemic. I understand that for *some* they are overweight due to health issues beyond their control...but honestly that's a minority. Busy lifestyles and bad health choices. They are the reasons we have an obesity pandemic.
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