Wednesday, November 15, 2006

BMI

I found an AP story on the internet quoting the government's frustration that we are all getting just a little too fat. I'm sure that most of you don't want to post your BMI, especially the ladies--and it is rude of me to ask. 25 is considered the cutoff, beyond which means too many donuts. Mine is 27.77, not nearly what I thought it would be. Geez, with a little bit of exercise...

Here is how you figure yours:

First, multiply your weight in pounds by .45 to get kilograms. Next, convert your height to inches. Multiply this number by .0254 to get meters. Multiply that number by itself. Then divide this into your weight in kilograms.

According to the government, you are likely to land in the 20s or low 30s.

13 comments:

Squiggle said...

... about 22, but my arithmetic ain't that hot.

Jaye Wells said...

There are tons of BMI claculators online. No math necessary.

However, my problem with the equation is that is does not take body frame into account.

Yeah, I'll say it: I have a large frame. I'm a big-boned girl. And if I was the ideal weight for my height, I'd look like emaciated.

Toni Anderson said...

22.5 at most. Does that mean I can have chocolate for tea???

trinamick said...

19.8, but I'm the height of an Oompa-Loompa.

My nephew was just saying that his physical therapist said his muscle-fat ratio was 60/40, compared to most kids his age, who are generally 50/50. The therapist seemed to think that was pretty good. But when I figured his BMI, he's at about 30. I thought it was surprising that the doctor wouldn't mention healthier habits when a 16 yo is overweight.

magnetbabe said...

There are several things the BMI equation doesn't take into account. Body frame/bone structure and muscle mass are the biggies. If you are in good shape but do any weight lifting, your BMI will probably say you are overweight or obese which is simply not true for many people.

Toni Anderson said...

I remember being told by the immigration doctor if you take your weight in kg away from your height in cm you should be left with 100 for a perfectly proportioned person.

Guess what :D wiggle eyebrows :) At least that's what I tell DH ;)

Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

25.

I'm 6"2 (1.87m) and I weigh 89 kilos (14 stone)

I work out four times a week and I would not consider myself overweight. I was about to say what Magnetbabe's comments suggest.

But she put it so eloquently, so there is no need for me to elaborate.

Bernita said...

I wear size eight...

jason evans said...

20.9. Geez, and I've gained weight. I'm not big boned, so I imagine I'd get hiked some.

Tee said...

Scott! Calculating math by hand :p

Calculator here - BMI Calculator

I'm obese and have been pretty much my whole life. It's hard. Be thankful if it isn't a problem for you. (And be kind to those that struggle.)

Kathleen said...

25.5 and that's with exercising five days a week for an hour. Can you imagine if I didn't?

Scott said...

First of all, and I'm sure everyone knows this--I hope they do--I didn't post this to make fun of obesity. Not even big bones!

I thought it was interesting, but I don't take any stock in it either. We all know if we are overweight, with or without a calculator.

So Tee, I hope you didn't take any offense. I would never be mean, and I am thankful its not a problem for me.

Toni Anderson said...

Well--the whole exercise issue changes it because muscle is heavier than fat (as everyone knows).

These things are a guide and fitness is way more important than weight. They do say fitness is more important than smoking for health but I have a hard time with that one...

Obesity must be an incredibly difficult problem. It isn't like you can hide it anywhere unlike most of our problems.