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Posted on Fri, Jul 27, 2007 14:44

I noticed that CNN was running a new scare graphic of fat in the US, linked via digg. And of course there's Dr. Gupta making a guest appearance. There's one thing that this map, and every map charting the BMI changes, doesn't mention: the US government's redefinition of what it means to be "obese". It happened in 1998. According to the NIH a HEALTHY or NORMAL BMI IS BETWEEN 19 AND 25. ... THATS 19 AND 25!! Ok, a supermodels BMI is generally at 18! That puts a hopeful "typical" BMI at five pounds more than your average emaciated, anorexic model. Here's a snippit from THAT CNN article: " Under the proposed guidelines, which are to be announced later this month by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 25 million more Americans would be considered overweight -- including two baseball third-basemen: Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves and Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles. Stern and other critics worry that if the draft guidelines are adopted, doctors might prescribe diet pills for patients considered overweight -- when a little exercise might be all that's needed. " Ya know, it's a good thing we don't need prescriptions to poop our pants (thanks to Alli, of course). Problem solved! On the BMI scale, a woman 5 feet, 6 inches tall who weighs 160 pounds would have an index of 26, which is considered overweight. At 185 pounds, she would have an index of 30 and would be considered obese. You get the idea.


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Posted on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 21:13

An interesting bit of info, cannot remember where I read it though, are women who are considered thin and healthy but have a BMI index that is considered in the overweight range (models often fall into this realm as well). They starve away muscle but the fat stays. Mmmmmmmm, so, I suspect that would make them eligible for the same risks as a person that is "truly" overweight with a high BMI. Could it be???? Exercise is good for thin folk too???


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