Society tells us that being overweight is bad. However, even though obesity is linked to many chronic health problems (i.e., type II diabetes, heart disease, etc.), the key word is “linked”, which means the medical community can’t come out and say for sure that being overweight is the cause of these diseases. One of the major purveyors of excess weight = bad myth is the body mass index (or the BMI), which states BMIs lower than 18.5 is underweight, BMIs between 18.5 and 24.9 is normal, BMI ranging 25 to 29.9 is overweight, and 30 or above BMIs are considered obese. Here are six BMI myths that we should stop giving any weight to…
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Myth 1: Healthy Diet and Regular Exercise Means Low BMI
The major issue I’ve had time and time again with the BMI is that many of my very visually fit friends and family members report a BMI in the “obese” range due to muscle mass.
We all know that muscle mass weighs more compared to fat mass. It also makes perfects sense then that if we start working out and eating better we may gain muscle mass, and weigh more, not less. According to an official statement from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, “People can be healthy at different body sizes.”