I’m BAAACK!! I want to take a minute to say HELLO AGAIN and jump right into some educational information for a minute. This website is dedicated to food, and I am a huge advocate for nutrition education. (Nutreducation? Nutr-ed? Ha!) With that being said, I wanted to talk about BMI….
What the heck is BMI? “You have a high BMI, you are overweight and need to make lifestyle changes.” You hear this stuff in your Facebook Newsfeed, on the TV, where ever, all the time. So, what the heck IS BMI? Well, BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is a number that is the result of a little calculation of your height and weight. You take that number and refer to a chart or put those numbers into a BMI calculator. Voila! You can see where that number falls on the BMI Chart. Sounds easy, right? It is.
…And PLEASE keep this in mind!!
Here is the catch:
There are false positive BMIs. A muscular athlete will have a high BMI because muscle weighs more than fat. (Weight plateau sound familiar? Yeah, that is because you are at the point where you are actually gaining muscle.) Don’t get discouraged if you are active, muscular, and have a high BMI. The calculation does not take muscle mass into account.
One last thing!!
BMI is only to be used as a GUIDELINE and not a diagnostic tool. If you want to see your BMI calculated, click here!
You can read more about BMI at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
As always, if you have any questions, comments, I would love to hear them!