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  • TacklewasherTacklewasher Posts: 7,066Member Member Posts: 7,066Member Member
    I think I've finally come up with a good parallel for this discussion. BMI is like a recipe. For an average person in an average kitchen in an average environment with average ingredients, it is a good guideline. For someone in a humid environment, or in a higher elevation, or with ingredients that may be lesser quality, or tools that may not work as well as average, the recipe may not work. Lots of adjustments may be needed.

    I have a friend. If he is at the center of the BMI for someone his height he looks obese. For me, I look anorexic. There are physical ways to measure your true BMI that are accurate, but calculation is only a guideline, not gospel.

    This still seems to ignore that it's not an individual measure, but a statistic based on populations.

    More like making breakfast for 10,000 people vs what I would like this morning.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Posts: 10,520Member Member Posts: 10,520Member Member
    I think I've finally come up with a good parallel for this discussion. BMI is like a recipe. For an average person in an average kitchen in an average environment with average ingredients, it is a good guideline. For someone in a humid environment, or in a higher elevation, or with ingredients that may be lesser quality, or tools that may not work as well as average, the recipe may not work. Lots of adjustments may be needed.

    I have a friend. If he is at the center of the BMI for someone his height he looks obese. For me, I look anorexic. There are physical ways to measure your true BMI that are accurate, but calculation is only a guideline, not gospel.

    This still seems to ignore that it's not an individual measure, but a statistic based on populations.

    More like making breakfast for 10,000 people vs what I would like this morning.

    Well, it's also somewhat useful as a screener for individuals: To see who's mostly likely to need a closer look.

    Which is like making breakfast for 10,000 people, assuming that most of them will like bacon and/or eggs all right enough, but asking if there are any vegans in the bunch. ;)
  • tbright1965tbright1965 Posts: 792Member, Premium Member Posts: 792Member, Premium Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    I think I've finally come up with a good parallel for this discussion. BMI is like a recipe. For an average person in an average kitchen in an average environment with average ingredients, it is a good guideline. For someone in a humid environment, or in a higher elevation, or with ingredients that may be lesser quality, or tools that may not work as well as average, the recipe may not work. Lots of adjustments may be needed.

    I have a friend. If he is at the center of the BMI for someone his height he looks obese. For me, I look anorexic. There are physical ways to measure your true BMI that are accurate, but calculation is only a guideline, not gospel.

    This still seems to ignore that it's not an individual measure, but a statistic based on populations.

    More like making breakfast for 10,000 people vs what I would like this morning.

    Well, it's also somewhat useful as a screener for individuals: To see who's mostly likely to need a closer look.

    Which is like making breakfast for 10,000 people, assuming that most of them will like bacon and/or eggs all right enough, but asking if there are any vegans in the bunch. ;)

    I thought you didn't need to ask if there are vegans....


    cuz they will be sure to tell you :)

    (Kinda loses the effect since I think I have to explain it and point out I'm just making a joke).

    The worst are vegan crossfitters...
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Posts: 2,135Member Member Posts: 2,135Member Member
  • buzzlebugbuzzlebug Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    I think unless you've built extra muscle or are extra stick like the BMI gives you a good idea of fat ratio in proportion to height.. gender is taken into consideration there isn't a massive deal of difference in bone density so it ought to be the most reasonable way to measure things.
  • 12Sarah201512Sarah2015 Posts: 1,004Member Member Posts: 1,004Member Member
    BMi works for me
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