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May 2, 2012 12:52 PM
BMI calculators are junk and basically worthless. They use common or median statistics for their values which is fine if your are common. But if you have some muscle and weigh more then you are in the "Bad" range as far as BMI calculators go. 32 inch waist, 44 inch chest. BMI says I am obese.
May 2, 2012 1:00 PM
Hmm. Good points, but not really stated in a way which seems to provide a useful suggestion or feedback for the maintainers of the site.
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May 2, 2012 2:12 PM
Agreed.
  20336313
May 2, 2012 2:22 PM
I work in healthcare. BMI is a way for insurance companies to increase your premiums based on an "obese" diagnosis. Unfortunately, employee health where I work says that I am obese. I'm 5'8" and a size 10/12. I weigh 195lbs. I'm a muscular girl.
My doctor says I only need to lose another 20lbs or so. So in order for me to receive benefit dollars (discounted insurance with the hospital) my doc has to write a letter to them on my behalf.
BMI is a scam. I wish they wouldn't use it, but don't hold your breath.
May 4, 2012 11:02 AM
I wish they would allow us the option to input our own BMI if we have other numbers. I am also a strong 5 ft 8 woman not much lighter than you...but wearing a size 14. The healthcare system is broken. The insurance companies are corrupt. But here I am just concerned about a program that helps me create my own program, goals and track my progress. Attacking the site creaters is not a way to educate them or anyone...the above poster made that point much better.
  20336313
May 4, 2012 2:42 PM
I was confusing BMR with BMI...
  20336313
May 9, 2012 2:16 PM
"I work in healthcare. BMI is a way for insurance companies to increase your premiums based on an "obese" diagnosis. Unfortunately, employee health where I work says that I am obese. I'm 5'8" and a size 10/12. I weigh 195lbs. I'm a muscular girl.
My doctor says I only need to lose another 20lbs or so. So in order for me to receive benefit dollars (discounted insurance with the hospital) my doc has to write a letter to them on my behalf.
BMI is a scam. I wish they wouldn't use it, but don't hold your breath."


This doesn't surprise me in the LEAST! My BMI is now 30.9 (it was 39.4 back in January). According to my 'ideal weight', I should be 165 lbs. Pffft!! Yeah right! I was 165 lbs when I was 16 years old....and NOT fat at all. I was a wrestler all my life - 21 years of wrestling, to be exact. I consider myself to be pretty muscular. There was a point in time where I was 225 lbs and between 8-9% body fat. If THAT is obese....oh well.
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May 9, 2012 2:33 PM
QUOTE:

"I work in healthcare. BMI is a way for insurance companies to increase your premiums based on an "obese" diagnosis. Unfortunately, employee health where I work says that I am obese. I'm 5'8" and a size 10/12. I weigh 195lbs. I'm a muscular girl.
My doctor says I only need to lose another 20lbs or so. So in order for me to receive benefit dollars (discounted insurance with the hospital) my doc has to write a letter to them on my behalf.
BMI is a scam. I wish they wouldn't use it, but don't hold your breath."


This doesn't surprise me in the LEAST! My BMI is now 30.9 (it was 39.4 back in January). According to my 'ideal weight', I should be 165 lbs. Pffft!! Yeah right! I was 165 lbs when I was 16 years old....and NOT fat at all. I was a wrestler all my life - 21 years of wrestling, to be exact. I consider myself to be pretty muscular. There was a point in time where I was 225 lbs and between 8-9% body fat. If THAT is obese....oh well.


I highly doubt you were 225lbs and 8-9% bodyfat unless your 7 feet tall
May 9, 2012 2:38 PM
QUOTE:

I work in healthcare. BMI is a way for insurance companies to increase your premiums based on an "obese" diagnosis. Unfortunately, employee health where I work says that I am obese. I'm 5'8" and a size 10/12. I weigh 195lbs. I'm a muscular girl.
My doctor says I only need to lose another 20lbs or so. So in order for me to receive benefit dollars (discounted insurance with the hospital) my doc has to write a letter to them on my behalf.
BMI is a scam. I wish they wouldn't use it, but don't hold your breath.


Interesting --- because I have worked a major health insurance company in the US for 15 years and rate many many groups (51+ employees) every day and i promise I never once rated up on 20 lbs or promised a discount if you lost that 20 lbs. All of the rates i send out are based on a four tier level (employee, employee/spouse, employee/child, family), based on plan chosen, over all health of the group, age demographics, and location of the group -- the employer than decided what will be taken from each employees check (90%, 50% etc... of premium) and if your employer is like mine they can add a sur-charge or even an insentive for weight loss or to stop smoking. --- I promise the insurance company did not base your rates or any discounts on that 20 lbs.
May 9, 2012 2:45 PM
QUOTE:

I work in healthcare. BMI is a way for insurance companies to increase your premiums based on an "obese" diagnosis. Unfortunately, employee health where I work says that I am obese. I'm 5'8" and a size 10/12. I weigh 195lbs. I'm a muscular girl.
My doctor says I only need to lose another 20lbs or so. So in order for me to receive benefit dollars (discounted insurance with the hospital) my doc has to write a letter to them on my behalf.
BMI is a scam. I wish they wouldn't use it, but don't hold your breath.


Ditto. I'm supposedly "obese" based on BMI standards, too, which impacts my employer's health insurance (I don't get the discounted rate). Considering I wear size 32" pants and size Medium shirt, there's obviously a problem with this generic "formula" they've established, which takes nothing but height/weight into account. I tried to petition to get them to base it off of Body Fat %, at least, but that was a non-starter.
  12824789
May 10, 2012 11:02 AM
My BMI says I'm underweight- but I'm DEFINITELY NOT. Find your BMR and set your calorie goal slightly above that.
May 10, 2012 11:29 AM
Today my BMI is 30.1... so I'm clinically obese. I'm 5'8" 192#. I've dropped about 25 lbs in the last 3 months and feel like a million bucks. I am a work in progress and plan to lose about 40 more, but my butt is tight, thighs are trim, shoulders are broad like a linebacker and you would not look at me and think "obese" but by the numbers, I am.
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