Health and Fitness, Uncategorized

What’s in a BMI? Fitness Friday #WTF #2

BMI, BMI, you and I, my BMI.

So, what’s in a BMI, and why is it important?

That’s a question that has been rumbling through my brain lately.  I almost didn’t research it at all thinking that I should know it already and how embarrassing would it be to get caught researching something that should be common sense?

BMI stands for Body Mass Index.

Simple as that.

I know it’s important, because despite all my numbers being way better than my husband’s on our health screening, he somehow managed a cheaper life insurance plan.  My only “fail” in this unspoken test was my BMI being higher than his.


No fair!

OK, I guess I don’t crunch the numbers and figure out statistical risks and all the fancy schmancy words are out there for: “Don’t be fat, it costs us money.”  Whatevs.

I googled BMI and found a few interesting sites.  One came from a diabetes website in the UK with some sweet shadows depicting a tooth pick and a morbidly obese marshmallow.  Well, actually that’s kind of what we look like when we’re under weight or morbidly obese, but the image gave me a giggle, so take a peek:

BMI chart

Credit for this image goes to:

Despite how much I love the graphic, I fall into a height and weight that wasn’t easy enough for my instant gratification mind to appreciate in this diagram, making me guesstimate.  Instead I searched google a bit more.

I clicked on JustinCallaghan‘s graphic, and this time the graphic narrowed it down quite a bit more, but I still fell in the middle.  Luckily, there was also a calculator available so I could just enter my height and weight and wabam!  I thankfully fell just inside a better of the two categories.

Phew!  *wipes brow in relief*

BMI Calculator and Chart

So now I just wonder why it’s important?  Honestly, I’ve stayed the exact same weight for three months now, but I KNOW that I have increased strength and stamina and lost a pants size.  So, is a BMI perfection?  Probably not, but it is a humbling experience to face your own personal truth.

Maybe I’ll research BMI stuff in the future, but I’d rather just hear from the experts out there.  Why is the BMI number so important?  Are there different charts out there?  Hopefully easy ones to read with fun graphics for the kid in me?  How about one for kids?  Actually that sounds kind of scary.

Anyways, I’d love to hear from you!





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