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Thursday, July 23, 2009

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I always read before bed. Last night I went to open a library book, and discovered the first 25 pages of the paperback missing! I was discourage and went to bed with no reading. A fate worse than going to bed with no dinner.

I normally read during my lunch break as well. With out reading fodder today, I ate my lunch and then headed to the bookstore down the road for some “browsing.” I was hoping to find “Slow, Fat, Triathlete” but had no luck. I had about 10 minutes to kill, so I perused the magazine section. I picked up the newest SELF, mainly for the fact that Zoey Deschanel was on the cover. How gorgeous is she?
Anyhow, as I was skimming, I came upon a quiz. I stopped doing and being entertained by magazine quizzes in middle school, but the title caught my eye “How to tell if you are fat, or will be fat” or something like that. Hah. I thought, I am going to do this, because clearly the mirror doesn’t tell me if I am fat already or not (realize I am coming at this from a societally fat perspective).
The first question, 1) What is your BMI? You select the range your BMI is in, and receive the points associated with that. Well..I don’t know my BMI, wait let me Google it real quick. 38. Yep, obese. Good. So, for people with a BMI of 30 or over you start with 64 points. 64! Hot damn.
Ok, so I keep 64 in my mind, and continue with the quiz.
Some questions:
2) how often do you eat breakfast
3) how often do you exercise at least 30 minutes a day
4) how many hours of TV do you watch per week
5) how stressed are you

Etc etc.
So I start with a BMI that classifies me as obese. But, I live a healthy lifestyle, so I only have to add 1 or 2 points and sometimes I get to subtract some.
The Verdict?

I might end up overweight. Or maybe it said I already am over weight. I don’t remember how many categories there were, at least three. Normal, Overweight and Obese.
So, my lifestyle points are low enough to negate my obesity on the BMI scale? Or….are the makers of the quiz assuming that with a BMI of 38, I probably have a totally un-healthy lifestyle?

Or am I reading too much into this and really this is the editors of SELF realizing that while I might be obese I might also have a healthy lifestyle?

I hate the BMI, it’s such bullshit.

68 comments:

jeniszen said...

I just read that SELF magazine the other day! LOVE Zooey. Have you listened to any of her music? Her voice is like melted chocolate.

I also took the quiz in the magazine. I also have no idea what to make of it.

I'd go by body fat percentage. Because obviously the man on the left in your cartoon above is more fit than the man on the right. I'm sure the body fat percentage tells the real tale.

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Jen-
I haven't ever listened ot her music, but I've heard that about her voice. I need to get some one itunes or something!

I'd also be curious to get an accurate report of my body fat...

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I really hate the way society makes us feel bad about ourselves with numbers. I was watching a show last night about a bride wanting to lose weight before her wedding. She was 5'6 and had the cutest figure, and the trainer she had told her she was on the "high" end of the weight spectrum at 138!! What?! When is 138 fat? That's right around my goal, and I'm only 5'4!

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I hate the BMI too. HATE.

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