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Weighty matters

Ten minutes ago, I was elated: by finally deigning to use one of those infernal treadmills at my physiotherapist's, and noticing that it displayed weight, heart rate and time in flickering red LEDs, I found out I currently weigh in at 75 kg exactly. 75 kilos*! That means that over the summer, I've lost 15!

That was before I logged on to the web and calculated that my BMI is 26, which means that I'm still overweight. Apparently, there's another 15 to come off before I reach the ideal weight for my height. :(

* 75 kg= 165.3466966387 lb; 15 kg = 33.0693393277 lb

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curiouswombat
Oct. 24th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
A BMI of 26 is really pretty near perfect - remember those rugby players who have just won the World Cup (OK, not exactly a big sport in holland, but I guess you might have a vague idea!)? Most of them apparently have BMIs of 28- 30, because of body shape and muscle - no question that they are not totally fit.

And 15kg - that is wonderful - over the same time I've shifted about 3kg!!
gamiila
Oct. 24th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Ah -- but you've been away on holiday (and only put a little weight on) and had a life this summer, and I...haven't.

As to the rugby players (hmmm, rugby players) and their BMI: they're men! Surely gender makes a difference to the ideal, doesn't it?
curiouswombat
Oct. 24th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
Surely gender makes a difference to the ideal, doesn't it?
No - they use exactly the same calculation and the same definitions of what constitutes each category from underweight to morbidity - which is why it is now being seen as not really any less crude a measurement than the old 'average weight for height' charts.
gamiila
Oct. 24th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
So really what I should be doing, is not take too much notice of all the graphs and charts, and just go on as I have before, blithely unaware of all these kinds of prescripts...I can do that!