5 Reasons Why BMI is BS!
According to the BMI scale … I’m considered borderline overweight.
I’ve been told by my doctors since I was a teenager that I should try to “maintain” my weight and if I could lose a little bit, even better!
I’d always leave the doctor’s office in tears, feeling completely broken and I started to hate my body.
Despite the fact that I felt great, and I was extremely active, ate lots of vegetables and nutritious foods, my vital signs were all normal, my bloodwork was perfect… my BMI being ‘unhealthy’ was all I focused on.
This was the trigger for me. Triggers can be different for everyone, but I’ve seen from my experience and my clients’, there’s usually a trigger. This was what made me start to obsess over dieting and exercise. This is what sent me on a never-ending quest to lose weight and get my BMI down.
I started dieting and exercising with a focus on losing weight, and started feeling worse and worse about myself. It wasn’t until I found a healthy relationship with food, that I stopped hating my body and started to love myself again!
Unfortunately, I learned years later that BMI is actually BS and I don’t want you to wait years to learn this, so here it is right now!
5 reasons why BMI is BS:
BMI was developed by a Belgian astronomer and statistician (not a health researcher or medical professional) who was studying groups of white men and definitely not paying much attention to people’s health.
The BMI model is based on height and weight data taken from white, middle/upper-class Europeans, which means it definitely DOES NOT represent a sample of the general population and normal/average body sizes in other ethnic groups.
BMI doesn’t take into account age, sex, body frame, body composition, fat distribution, or muscle mass. A lot of times people with a lot of muscle mass end up being classified as “overweight” or “obese,” even if they have low amounts of body fat.
There’s actually 0 evidence that a higher BMI or higher weight is linked to health issues like heart disease, cancer, or diabetes.
In 1998, the National Institute of Health decided to lower the “overweight” BMI category from 27 for women and 28 for men to 25 for both genders. They decided to change the numbers because of a report FUNDED by pharmaceutical companies that make weight loss drugs. Just like that, practically overnight, millions of people became “overweight”! Hmm… I don’t know about you but I’m sensing there might be a little conflict of interest here. Who benefits? The companies making weight loss drugs, of course! In 2013 the American Medical Association decided to classify “obesity” as a disease even though there wasn't any scientific evidence to show that higher body weight caused health issues. The reason? The more people think they’re “overweight” or "obese" and need to lose weight “for health”, the more drugs they can sell.
So, after reading all these facts, you’re probably wondering why you always hear that you need to lose weight to be healthier and why thin/fit people are the image of health in our society.
Well, the bias of smaller/thinner being better has been around for a long time. However, there are SO many other factors that affect our health like genetics, our environment, and our lifestyle. But unfortunately, doctors continue to prescribe “weight loss” for people to achieve better health.
THIS is why I’m so passionate about helping clients shift their focus from a number on a scale
or their BMI to actually giving their bodies what they need, so they can love their bodies again. Instead of using up energy on diets, my clients honor their health with the food,
movement, and mindfulness they need, and get their energy back to focus on the other things that matter to them like their relationships, their family, or their career.
If you’re sick of weight and BMI determining your worth and the status of your health -- I’m here to help you! I’m offering a FREE 30-minute assessment call where we’ll get clear on a few simple shifts you can make to start feeling good in your body again, that have NOTHING to do with numbers on the scale!
Book your free call here!
Let’s stop letting a number on the BMI scale tell us how to live our healthiest, happiest lives!