“BMI” Equals “Fat In the Head” Or, “Who You Gonna Believe? My Chart, Or Your Lying Eyes?”
Bill Quick

Female bodybuilder Anita Albrecht told she’s OBESE by NHS nurse | Mail Online

A nurse then told her she needed to begin a 1,000 calorie-a-day diet, which is half the recommended amount for a woman.

Miss Albrecht, 39, yesterday said: ‘The information the nurse has given me is actually dangerous.

‘A thousand calories a day is only for people who are severely obese who are not active. They should only be on that for a maximum of 12 weeks – generally as a precursor to surgery.’

Health officials have been accused of slavishly following BMI scales – calculated by dividing weight by height – without taking into account individual circumstances.

The measurement was developed in the first half of the 19th century and critics say it provides inaccurate results for some people, including rugby players with lots of muscle and tall people.

Miss Albrecht, who finished sixth in the 2012 Miss Galaxy Universe bodybuilding competition, visited a family planning clinic at Harold Hill Health Centre near her home in east London on March.

Bureaucrats (and that’s exactly what this nurse is) learn early that you can never go wrong by enforcing the “guidlines” created or followed by their bureaucracy.

BMI is a scam designed to aid the “fitness/healthy diet” ideology.  I wrote about it thirteen years or so ago, and have seen nothing to change my opinion.  BTW, under BMI standards, I’m “obese,” too:

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


“BMI” Equals “Fat In the Head” Or, “Who You Gonna Believe? My Chart, Or Your Lying Eyes?” — 4 Comments

  1. Under the pre-BMI scales, I was considered overweight in high school. I had a 28-inch waist and weighed around 150 pounds. For my height, that made me fat. I’ll show pictures sometime, but skinny would have been a more accurate description.

    I have an old pair of fat calipers that I used to measure body fat on people, 5 spots for men and 4 spots for women. The results were fairly accurate. Surprising sometimes, because I’d find thin women who were overly fat, meaning that most of their limited body weight consisted of adipose tissue. All of them admitted that they never exercised or did weight training.

    Anyway, I’ve long known that these numbers were horse pucky. The thought that anyone actually believes them depresses me.

  2. Well, I’m now following in your footsteps, Bill- and it’s the easiest “diet” I’ve ever been on. I’m losing weight & getting fitter by the day it seems, and I’m never hungry. Still miss all the bread, potatos, etc- but I’m finding lots of new recipes to try out, seems like my taste buds like getting surprised at the diversity!

    But I must say… if I had to choose between you & Miss Anita, even though each of you could undoubtedly thrash me at arm-wrestling… I’d pick Miss Anita! (And look forward to my thrashing!)

    ‘Cuddly’ doesn’t seem to be the right word to describe her… but she sure isn’t fat! :-)

  3. I write software for healthcare, and have been around nurses for decades. Except for a few excellent ones (who could be doctors with more training), they don’t really diagnose anything, in the sense of understanding the causes of a condition and therefore knowing what to do about it.

    They just have some canned decision trees, created by doctors, that they use in a generic way to relieve doctors of saying the same things to routine patients over and over again. It’s simply a cost saving measure, because doctors are so much more expensive than nurses.

    The good nurses know when their generic decision trees might not apply. The mediocre ones don’t. In a bureaucratic sinkhole like the NHS, the good ones probably got out a long time ago, and the ones that are left are just going through the motions.

    I’ve seen many criticisms of BMI, and I hope the medical profession is overdue for a replacement. Perhaps a scanning machine can figure out a person’s volume and use that plus weight to calculate density. This would be a much more useful measure than BMI, because of the whole “doesn’t distinguish between muscle and fat” problem. A density measurement would take that difference into account.

  4. I’m obese by BMI standards. Until a few months ago I sank in fresh water because of muscle and bone density. But of course idiots who look just at the numbers and not at my silhouette tell me I need to lose 30 pounds right away and ideally 60 over the next year.

    (I’ve put on some pudge in the past three months because I trashed a shoulder, a hip, and a knee in three separate mishaps. Duh. Anyway, it’s made it hard to exercise, but I’m mostly recovered now and working on returning to my preferred ratio of muscle to fat.)

    Note that BMI was never meant to be an individual measure. It was designed as a population measure, and it’s somewhat justifiable for that purpose because it’s quick and cheap to get the data, and it can help quantify famine conditions. Beyond that? Useless.