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Old 01-10-2013, 09:09 AM   #39
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Originally Posted by Fazc View Post
Looking forward to seeing which way you go with this, JD!
No, I think you're missing my point.

Here's my question...is Phil Ricardo obese in that picture?

I say no, he's very fit...pretty much ideal. You are saying he's obese, since you are saying the BMI scale is a good measure.

I disagree. If anyone thinks BMI is a good indicator of health and fitness it just isn't.

BMI is billed as a meaningful measure of health and fitness. According to medicine and BMI application, Mr. Ricardo needs to immediately reduce his food intake (especially red meat!) and drop 40 lbs.

If you tell me the BMI number is accurate as a comparison vs. an average body weight, then yes, you are correct. However body weight alone tells me that. If I want to know anything more about health, then I need to know LBM, fat mass, strength levels, blood lab results, etc.

BMI can be dangerous if overweight people pursue weight loss at any means and stop when they hit a satisfactory BMI range without actually getting stronger or healthier.
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