My massive body
As this article points out, the body mass index, or Quetelet index, was invented over 150 years ago by a Belgian “polymath” who was interested in a statistical correlation for populations of people rather than individuals. It is equal to your weight in kilograms divided by the square of your height in meters. The problem is that weight, generally speaking, ought to be proportional to height cubed. So increasing a person’s dimensions in a proportional way automatically increases his/her body mass index, even if body fat remains constant.
Using the BMI formula on my height, I “should” weigh 200 pounds, and then I’d still be on the hairy edge of “overweight.” This is patently ridiculous. I weighed more than that in high school when I was a virtual string bean. I’m not saying I don’t need to lose weight, I’m merely suggesting that the ectomorphs who popularized BMI so they could justify their pathetic, skinny, weak, and did I say pathetic? bodies, should back off lest they get beaten to a pulp by a mesomorph.
If you really want to know if you’re fat, look in the mirror (take your shirt off first, you idiot). I did that recently and, OK fine, I’m fat. But there’s no way I’m going to lose 50 pounds. My goal is to get down to 100 kilograms and buy 3-inch heels.Dad • Conspiracies • 08/04/10 • 2 comments