Why The BMI Scale Is Bullcrap

Submitted by: ibCONNOR 5 years ago in

Why do we still use this as a health monitor?
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Female 470
I have a friend that is a 5`8 female that weighs 190lbs, and really, she`s not fat at all. I mean, she`s no twig, but she looks healthy, and she is healthy: she eats healthy and exercises. According to the BMI scale, she`s borderline obese. It`s flawed for her.

However, for me, it is absolutely correct which is why I`m trying to lose weight. 10lbs down already! Woo!
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Male 2,591
Not watching crooked bewb girl cacklefest.
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Female 6,381
I`ve got way too much abdominal weight from a huge adenoma and gallons of Prednisone when I was 20. Yet I went to a "Women`s Fair" where one booth offered electronic BMI tests. The tech actually smirked as I took the handles, but couldn`t believe it when I registered in the "ideal" range. I think this girl`s right: the BMI doesn`t tell the whole story.
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Male 15,832
[quote]Why do we still use this as a health monitor?[/quote]
One word: liberals.
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Male 1,737
She might be right about something but I couldn`t finish. Too obvious an attention whore, naming the show sex+ was a dead give away.
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Female 1,589
I see the BMI as a good starting point to see how you`re doing weight wise. So far the people I know who`ve done it all got numbers that make sense. A body builder wouldn`t use it, obviously. Your doctor should know if it`s a good tool for you to use, and it makes it easier for the patient to understand where they are at, and where they should be.
She makes it seem that the only thing a doctor looks for when doing a physical is if they are at healthy weight.
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Male 506
@Pindragon, Modern medicine has advanced a bit since the middle ages. And we know now that being even a bit overweight can drastically increase our risk for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a host of other medical problems.

The BMI is not without its flaws. It`s very oversimplified formula, but as a general measure of weight for the majority of the population, it`s a good place to *start*. Not the end-all, be-all of healthy weight measurements.
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Male 2,424
all of the weight is in the acorns she is chipmunking in her face
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Male 600
Back in medieval times, larger, chunky women were thought of as healthier because it showed they had wealth enough to eat and not starve.

Then: Bigger = Healthy

Now: Bigger = Unhealthy

Hrm...

Also, her boobs were not that impressive. No offense to the young lady, but no, not really no.
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Male 302
Nothing to see here, move along move along.
Just an attention whore...spewing old news.
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Male 8
Although BMI can be inaccurate in some cases, it is an easy cheap measurement to be used on populations, not on individuals.
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Male 29
@Scuzoid I am there with ya, boobs, and eyes...her mouth looks really weird....

Anyone remember that video that was posted a few days ago about girls with big boobs making bad videos?
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Male 2,033
I`d like to check her body mass index.
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Male 14,331
@darkmagic14n

Errrrmm your text is all done in quote form. Pot meet kettle...
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Male 1,268
"Spent 80% of that video starting at her boobs."

50 40 10. Boobs, eyes (she`s got nice eyes), mouth (she`s got a weird mouth).
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Male 63
Didn`t have to watch the video to know that BMI isn`t designed to tell you if you`re fat it`s designed to tell you how your mass compares to others your height. And to know that there is a correlation between BMI and health.
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Male 25,417
BMI- Bloddy mass insecurity!
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Male 409
BMI is a population measure. That is, if a population`s average BMI is higher, then that population tends to have higher health problems. Like IQ and other population based measures, it is (almost) meaningless on a individual basis.

So, it is wrong to assume BMI is useless, but it is also wrong for a doctor or anyone else to use BMI as a way to gauge an individual`s health. Most good doctors know this and don`t use BMI as part of their diagnosis.
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Male 1,625
[quote]>inferring Obamacare is anything like the universal health care of other countries. lolololololololol.

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not knowing how to quote people on IAB

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Male 10,440
You might be thinking that starring at her boobs dilutes the message. But it`s not so for me!

I managed to stare at her boobs and take in the content simultaneously! I`m such a boss.

Yes the BMI scale is, fundamentally, a tool with low accuracy. The distinctions between underweight-normal-overweight etc. are blurred in reality, of course.

... but on the flip side you can`t throw it out completely... unless you have a better simple tool for measuring overweightedness. No one with a BMI of 40 is healthy. No one.

The fact that businesses are profiting by miscalculating obesity through using this scale is not a fault of the scale but of your own screwed up system.
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Male 91
@DrProfessor
you my friend have just hit the nail on the head
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Female 1,566
"I`ll remember your comment when I`m picking up cheap, subsidized prescriptions and doing things like seeing the doctor/specialist/getting surgery without paying extra or having premium increases."

>inferring Obamacare is anything like the universal health care of other countries. lolololololololol.
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Male 483
I first thought that she was quite attractive, but she rapidly turned into one of the most annoying people I have ever seen.
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Male 934
Spent 80% of that video starting at her boobs.
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Male 3,894
Started watching for the boobs, stopped watching for the voice.
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Male 4,593
I think someone must have fu*ked her brains out.
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Male 6,737
Shut up CamWhore.
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Male 93
Really sick of this trend of fast paced overly cut videos now
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Male 1,625
I don`t need to listen to a 16 year old girl to know BMI is crap

it says I`m obese at 15% body fat (calculated via float test)
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Male 132
It`s nice to see that in this topsy turvy world of state sponsored terrorism, mass grass-roots movements of the people, wars and rumors of wars, that there are still people out there who are still addressing the hard hitting issues of our day.
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Male 14,331

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Male 15,178
Chubby girl looks chubby

and angry
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Male 6,060
BMI can have some value as part of an overall medical assessment. We know that being significantly overweight increases the likelihood of heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and other significant health issues. It shouldn`t be used as a health assessment in and of itself. It can`t be used to diagnose elevated blood sugar, blood pressure, cardiac strain, etc. If a has patient with a high BMI also has high BP or blood sugar, however, it would be appropriate for the doctor to recommend a weight loss program to try to bring those problems under control since that may (stress on "may") reduce, or even eliminate in some cases, the need for medication.
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Male 39,533

Life Hack: How to save on insurance premiums.

LIE
Lie about our weight on your health insurance form. You can always claim you gained weight afterwards.
Check the box that says "Non-Smoker". Non-smokers get cancer too, though not as early in life.
Lie about any other health factors or put "unknown" or "not sure" etc.

Honesty is overrated. The banks and government gave up using honest long ago, time we did as well.

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Male 43
That girl is annoying as hell.
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Male 959
The biggest problem with the BMI scale is that is uses the same scale for men and women. Check out a 12 stone 5`8" man and compare him to a 12 stone 5`8" woman.

But at the same time, all we need is someone telling Americans to stop obsessing over their weight.
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Male 2,440
Don`t think I didn`t notice the flicker of the word "capitalism" in the corner, Laci. Ugh, just show us your t*ts already.
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Male 145
Does she take her top off or something? If she does, let me know so I have a reason to watch this. Otherwise I could care less about this chicks opinion on anything.
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Male 5,811
@LillianDulci: They still use it because to accurately assess someone`s health is much more time consuming and costly than a 5 second look at a BMI chart. BMI just makes things easier for insurance companies, doctors, etc.
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Male 4,142
really does anyone still not know this?
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Male 519
Anyone who knows anything about BMI knows that at best it is horribly flawed and at worst flat out wrong.
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Female 2,674
@patchgrabber I think the point is that even though people know it`s useless, it`s /still/ used as a measure of people`s health when it shouldn`t be.

When I took a health class in high school only a few years ago, we had to monitor our change in bmi throughout the course. We were told that having a bmi in a certain range means we`re overweight and etc. We did discuss other (better) ways of measuring health but we were still required to monitor our bmi as if it was accurate. It still doesn`t make sense to me why people use that, when I can change from "normal weight" to "overweight" based on what I had for breakfast or dinner...
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Male 5,811
Oh, and I also get to choose my surgeon for those surgeries too. Damn you Canadian government for ruining my life with universal health care that gives me choices!
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Male 5,811
[quote]having the corrupt, bloated U.S. government take over healthcare (Obamacare) and therefore take over just about every aspect of your life.[/quote]
Spurious claim is spurious. I`ll remember your comment when I`m picking up cheap, subsidized prescriptions and doing things like seeing the doctor/specialist/getting surgery without paying extra or having premium increases.
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Female 4,086
a little ditzy but she makes many good points. a lady i worked with once was completely incensed when returning from the doctor after being told she was obese. she was 75 years old, 5`11", 155 lbs., and walked 3 miles per day. yet according to her doctor`s interpretation, she was obese. god, i hate doctors. and insurance companies, and drug companies, etc....
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Male 1,059
...allows people to be panicked by an imaginary "obesity epidemic" and capitulating to having the corrupt, bloated U.S. government take over healthcare (Obamacare) and therefore take over just about every aspect of your life. George Orwell would be proud.
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Male 5,811
I find her extremely annoying. Welcome to the 21st century, where everyone else has known the BMI to be useless for decades. From the minute or so I could stomach of this girl it`s clear to me that the wheel is spinning but the hamster is dead.
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Male 7
Link: Why The BMI Scale Is Bullcrap [Rate Link] - Why do we still use this as a health monitor?
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