May 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm
by Megan Bingham
May I be candid? BMI bugs me (you know that neat little chart that determines what you should weigh based on your height?). It’s not that a mathematical approach to finding a healthy weight isn’t quick and effective. In many cases, it’s helpful for medical professionals and others to have a definite source to gage someone’s health.
My beef with BMI stems from its inability to adapt to individuals—to not take into account bone structure, heritage or even a propensity to not metabolize foods quickly. Add to that all the healthy women I know who continually berate themselves for not quite measuring up, and you’ve got a equation, which in my mind, just isn’t working.
When it comes to finding an ideal weight, I’m more inclined to agree with Holly Mosier, a healthy lifestyle expert, mother of four and author of Stress Less, Weigh Less (Green Leaf). Holly writes, “Contrary to the wise words of our forefathers, we were not all created equal. We were created as individuals, and that’s wonderful!”
She juxtaposes two icons of feminine beauty—Marilyn Monroe and Twiggy. Okay, I admit you probably could argue about how healthy these women actually were in their heyday, but the point is that both were beautiful despite their weight.
Instead of focusing solely on numbers, Holly recommends using the equations as a guideline, adjusting for our body type, lifestyle and preferences. “The only rule to apply here is that you should choose a weight that is medically sound and healthy,” Holly says. So factoring in how much you like chocolate cake or potato chips won’t cut it—you still need to aim for health while striving for acceptance. In the end it’s about finding your happy and healthy weight.
If you’re ready to begin finding your happy weight, check out our BMI calculator (http://www.familycircle.com/health/weight-loss/diet-tips/bmi-calculator/).
Just promise that’s not where you’ll stop!
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