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The Obesity Epidemic: What Your BMI Means


One third of Americans are classified as obese—and the number is growing. Let's get some insight into this expanding epidemic.

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9:32AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Sorry Folks I meant to say that the BMI is an INEFFECTIVE TOOL!

9:31AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

This women calls her self a Dr. but I would Not got to her if my life depended on it.
A. She failed to see the research indicating that Obesity is not genetic----although big bones thickened skin and big bodies inherited can be---but big bodies and bones does not imply that ONE IS OBESE!

Look at football layers they spend years building up their bodies to be big---yet no one calls them obese!

THis Dr. also seems to be dependent on the that BMI scale-----although the BMI scale/raing is drastically ineffective in determining Obesity. I say this based ont he fact that the BMI rating scale is based on a lean relatively tall White Person, thus thoroughly and completely fails to determine obesity in a variety of races---thus it is an effective tool for determining obesity. It also fails to take into account Muscle mass, such as in the recent case of the child who was sent home with a note written by the School's Nurse stating that he was obese when it was beyond obvious that this child is far from being obese.

Additionally this Dr. fails to take into consideration that we are al born with diverse bod types. And if someone is overweight---does automatically make them obese? NO it does not not but too many Drs. do make a distinction between being overwieght by say 10-20 lbs and that of being OBESE (depending on their body size and height).

ANd to think Dr. I'd say it is time to go back to school and learn prior to treating anyone on personal biases!

Lastly this articl

10:15PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Thanks.

8:17PM PST on Dec 3, 2012

While obesity is on the rise, the BMI is not something that should be followed.

The BMI was designed to fine the average weight of a whole population of an area, and not the perfect weight for an individual person. It was designed by a mathematician and not a physician. Even the mathematician said that it was not meant for individual use on a person.

It is skewed as it is only designed for fat to high and does not calculated in bone or muscle mass. Muscle weights twice as much as fat and bone twice as much as muscle. So it you have muscles along with good dense bones you have a VERY high chance of not falling into the BMI range for your height.

Eat right (pre-make your food if need be), have an annual check up, exercise right (stop making excuses, you can be laying down and still work out, there are moves out there), get enough sleep and fresh air.

7:25PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Have you ever seen someone who just HAS to keep eating because they are hungry? They make all the excuses under the sun as to WHY it is so important that they eat certain foods.
I am 5 feet 6 inches tall. I have no idea what my BMI is supposed to be. I was 91 kilograms (whatever in lbs) Joined a gym and lost a whole four kilograms in four months. I learned about properly combining foods and instead of the gym, just put the right food combinations together as instructed. Was NEVER hungry, ate plenty enough and in just 3 weeks I lost 7 kilograms, that is about 15+ pounds weight. I have since reduced down further to 74/75 kilograms and stay at that level without any effort except just making sure I combine my foods properly. No big task at all. It is NOT a diet. It is just plain common sense and working with my body instead of against it. Where did I get the information? A friend told me about it and I will be so thankful to her for the rest of my life. She suffered from Colitis for years and her pain went in just 24 hours after using this simple method. You can find it by going onto this site.
www.greattastenopain.com/cmdt.asp?id=1073564.
Sign up to get the emails that will come every second day or so which will keep one up to date on further information.
There are three manuals that are very interesting. The first explains the WHY. the second is a great recipe book and the third is a guide for 30 days with suggested meals, up to 4 choices per meal. To all your great hea

2:39AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Now we have to do maths?

1:55AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Giving up...need sleep!

1:51AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Thai you.

1:51AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Thai you.

1:37AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

thanks for sharing

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