Originally Posted by jdmalm123
I think the issue is that an average is taken across a certain population at a certain time and it becomes a "standard" that, taken out of context, is misleading.
Well that much is obvious to anyone involved in the strength & fitness world and that debate has been done to death many times. Answers which try to apply to the majority will always leave some unsatisfied.
However I also tend to think the hidden danger and perhaps the more relevant issue here is people rubbishing the BMI scale altogether to justify them being just plain overweight. The common argument is something like "well they say Arnie was obese", which sounds like a hilariously astute statement but actually when you delve a little deeper how many of those people saying that are built anything like Arnie?
I would venture to say, not many. That for me is the bigger and more relevant danger on these types of forums.
That BMI is irrelevant to lifters is not something you'll have much of an argument over and it's a fairly *safe* statement to make, but challenging people who are relatively anonymous on what they claim their bodyfat levels are, is not.