I’m not actually a huge fan of BMI numbers because they simply serve to make me feel bad about myself, but every so often I get curious as to what mine is according to the newest data and I generally hate myself for looking.
Here is my problem.
I don’t actually feel severely obese. I don’t feel like I look severely obese. I mean I feel fat sometimes, but I’m not obese. Not even my doctor said that I’m severely obese, and frankly I trust her more than this website calculator.
It makes me angry that these things exist because it makes those of us who need to shed a few pounds feel that we’re worse off than we actually are.
I cannot be alone in thinking that severely obese means 700 pounds and unable to move short distances with out possibly having a coronary.
Why is a 37.9 severely obese? I mean even when drop to my goal weight of 170, according to the BMI I’m still overweight. I would have to drop to 150 to get into the ‘normal’ weight range for my height, but at that weight I feel like I would look emaciated. But my family is historically ‘big boned’ and generally un-tiny.
This whole things bothers me intensely and I can’t see the benefit of focusing on the BMI. I only even looked this up today because I got a “top 6 ways to lose weight” from one of the web-zines I follow and I, being a masochist, decided to check out my BMI like they suggested.
Can some one explain to me the benefits of looking at BMI when everybody’s body is different and works differently? Because I can’t see it.