Person A: 5’9” 174lbs……BMI 25.8 (Overweight)
Person B: 5’7” 208 lbs……BMI 32.6 (Obese)
Person C: 5’11.5″ 218 lbs..BMI 30.4 (Obese)
At first glance using the BMI index, it would appear all three of these individuals are either overweight or obese. Maybe when we take a look at who these people really are we will have a better opinion of the BMI.
Person A: Lance Armstrong
Person B: NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew
Person C: Mike Tyson in his prime
This speaks for itself. Don’t let trainers, or doctors, or anyone for that matter let you think you need more or less of something based on your BMI number. BMI is one of the most useless indicators in the entire health and fitness field. A better scale would be a simple measurement around your waistline. In the words of Jack Lalanne “your waistline is your lifeline”.