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  •  Being overweight by the chart can mean something (6+ / 0-)

    as simple as having too much muscle.

    There are a lot of triatheletes who are technically obese by BMI because of developing too many muscle groups too well. You'd never know it by looking at them, and you'd consider them the pinnacle of health, but by BMI they are obese.

    I've heard of at least one person anecdotally with no more body fat available to safely lose being threatened with automatic termination from a police force over the BMI he got from becoming the guy capable of chasing people down on foot and overpowering them physically once he got there. Too bad he was physically fit because of his job, he needed to lose muscle mass and become a less capable policeman to keep that job.

    I have to go by body fat percentage to keep track of my own health because my BMI trends higher than it should because of muscle mass. Not that it puts me in the overweight categories, but because it keeps me out of the underweight category even when I'm actually in physical risk of health consequences in the other direction.

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 07:46:00 PM PDT

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    •  I always go by body fat (1+ / 0-)
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      simply because as you said BMI can be misleading but we're not just talking about people that may or may not be on the edge of being 'overweight' we're also talking about people that are completely and clearly overweight. People that can't walk up a flight of stairs without running out of breath.

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