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I am a “good fatty” in the sense that I haven’t engaged in long-term unrestricted eating in many years and I make an attempt at an exercise regimen. I am a “bad fatty” in that I occasionally take breaks from my restricted eating plans, don’t engage in physical activity on a consistent basis, and am unapologetic about the fact that health can be attained even by those dubbed overweight or obese based on the BMI.
Recently, I discovered something about changes in my body composition that could be used to argue that I’m a “good fatty” — but I’m far more interested in its implications about BMI.
Continue reading “BMI Is Bullshit, Even for the Decidedly Non-Athletic”
The new year is upon us. Last night, many people drank to excess, placed too much significance on where their lips were as the clock struck midnight, and woke up with their heads feeling like some epic battlefield of yore. Some of those same people, along with countless others, are at this moment shaking off the hangover and proceeding to attempt weight loss under such euphemisms as “getting healthy,” “getting fit,” “eating right,” or “taking better care of myself.”
Yesterday, a piece was published on CSI’s page that addressed the concerns some have regarding BMI. While there are many issues with the way in which the piece addresses anti-BMI arguments, what stood out to me were some assertions about BMI and its uses that rang entirely false: namely, the notion that BMI is just a tool and is never used in unscientific, reductive ways by the medical community and world population at large. Continue reading “Intention vs. Reality: Why BMI Is Not Just a Tool”