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48 Responses to Why The BMI Scale Is Bullcrap

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    ibCONNOR Male 18-29
    7 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 6:27 am
    Link: Why The BMI Scale Is Bullcrap - Why do we still use this as a health monitor?
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 6:36 am
    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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    AvatarJohn Male 30-39
    1059 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 6:41 am
    ...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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    slut_etta Female 50-59
    3849 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 6:41 am
    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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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 6:47 am
    having the corrupt, bloated U.S. government take over healthcare (Obamacare) and therefore take over just about every aspect of your life.
    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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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 6:49 am
    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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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
    2674 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 7:10 am
    @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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    RuralNinja Male 18-29
    519 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 7:13 am
    Anyone who knows anything about BMI knows that at best it is horribly flawed and at worst flat out wrong.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
    3334 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 7:16 am
    really does anyone still not know this?
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 7:19 am
    @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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    HalfSandwich Male 18-29
    145 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 7:28 am
    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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    Pooptart19 Male 18-29
    2441 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 7:31 am
    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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    bankvole Male 30-39
    959 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 7:37 am
    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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    Enomai Male 18-29
    43 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 7:37 am
    That girl is annoying as hell.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36643 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 7:41 am

    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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    broizfam Male 60-69
    4845 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 7:53 am
    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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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14620 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 8:01 am
    Chubby girl looks chubby

    and angry
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 8:12 am

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    Jury1of1 Male 30-39
    132 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 8:44 am
    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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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
    1625 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 8:44 am
    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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    Rich1710 Male 18-29
    93 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 9:20 am
    Really sick of this trend of fast paced overly cut videos now
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
    6739 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 9:20 am
    Shut up CamWhore.
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    pmarren Male 40-49
    4575 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 9:20 am
    I think someone must have fu*ked her brains out.
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    DrProfessor Male 18-29
    3894 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 9:24 am
    Started watching for the boobs, stopped watching for the voice.
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    Rawrg Male 18-29
    934 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 9:37 am
    Spent 80% of that video starting at her boobs.
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    thestringy Male 18-29
    483 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 9:49 am
    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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    leesah Female 18-29
    1566 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 10:06 am
    "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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    Heldstecken Male 18-29
    91 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 10:12 am
    @DrProfessor
    you my friend have just hit the nail on the head
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10441 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 10:32 am
    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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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
    1625 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 10:55 am
    >inferring Obamacare is anything like the universal health care of other countries. lolololololololol.

    attempting to green text on IAB
    not knowing how to quote people on IAB

    you
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    Wundt Male 40-49
    410 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 11:04 am
    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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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25420 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 11:50 am
    BMI- Bloddy mass insecurity!
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    MikeRotch Male 18-29
    63 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm
    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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    Scuzoid Male 30-39
    1268 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm
    "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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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm
    @darkmagic14n

    Errrrmm your text is all done in quote form. Pot meet kettle...
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    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
    2033 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm
    I`d like to check her body mass index.
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    scttydsntknw Male 18-29
    29 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    @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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    surfmonkey99 Male 18-29
    8 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm
    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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    Ches47 Male 18-29
    302 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    Nothing to see here, move along move along.
    Just an attention whore...spewing old news.
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    Pindragon Male 18-29
    600 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm
    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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    RoboPatton Male 30-39
    2424 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm
    all of the weight is in the acorns she is chipmunking in her face
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    Ruffiana Male 30-39
    506 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm
    @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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    the_windy Female 18-29
    1589 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm
    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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    EgalM Male 30-39
    1707 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm
    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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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm
    Why do we still use this as a health monitor?
    One word: liberals.
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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 10:52 pm
    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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    keith2 Male 30-39
    2588 posts
    February 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm
    Not watching crooked bewb girl cacklefest.
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    penguinazul Female 18-29
    470 posts
    February 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm
    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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