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  • laura merrone

    I think being too skinny is unhealthy contrary to what Hollywood and the heath experts are constantly projecting and saying. I think a little fat is good for you and you need it to build healthy bones and connecting tissues. I am eating more fat in my diet and feel better. I didn’t really gain any weight from it either. I am not fat but a “borderline case” with the BMI thing. I don’t worry, though. I try to eat a healthy well-balanced diet. A lot of this is gov’t propaganda to get you worrying about your health and run to get insurance, doctors, etc., etc….

  • ChuckS123

    The big problem with BMI is that it just uses weight and height. If a person has a lot of muscle, his BMI will be high because it confuses muscle weight with fat. % bodyfat should also be considered.

    Andy Bolton squatted 1,214 lbs. He weighed 360 lbs and is 6’0″. This gives BMI of 48, morbidly obese. But the weight is obviously largely muscle. I didn’t find video of the 1,214, but here’s some similar. A bit of a gut, but not super-obese. Maybe the gut is mostly muscle.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be6dk8ZVO7E

    The other side is that a person with little muscle – maybe elderly – would be more obese than the BMI says.

    If the BMI of 2 cities, states, time periods, etc are compared, the people may have different amounts of muscle.

    % bodyfat can be measured in various ways, none super-accurate. Google bodyfat.

    > Measuring waist, neck, and a few other places.
    > Measuring one or more folds of skin with calipers
    > Measuring body electrical resistance
    > Submersing into a calibrated tank of water
    > Maybe others.

  • Michael Shreve

    Apparently, DIETING is the REAL enemy.

  • Michael Shreve

    Apparently, DIETING is the REAL enemy.

  • Robert Messmer

    Here we go again. I remember when we were told to eat a good healthy breakfast of eggs, toast and a piece of fruit. Then OMG those eggs are going to kill us, don’t eat them. Hmm well maybe then again the eggs aren’t really as bad as we thought. My idea, eat what you like (in moderation at least some of the time), exercise or not cause its your body, and as long as you are comfortable with the results you are good to go. Believe me in the end it won’t make a bit of difference because no matter what your diet, no matter how much you exercise you DIE. Everything that lives — dies. Its that simple.