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 sirhugsalot
Joined: 12/25/2007
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BMI is worthless for a muscular man as I am. My BMI is 25.8, which if overweight. My percentage bodyfat according to a fairly accurate 7-point caliper test is 13%, or in the middle of the lean range (well below normal but not quite that of a professional athlete)
 junipermoon
Joined: 3/1/2006
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Posted: 3/14/2008 10:46:58 AM
bmi measures mass. period. not fat. not muscle. not fitness. not character or worthiness. mass. it tells you how much weight your height (and, by default, frame, give or take bone size) carries. it's neither good nor bad.
 HikingFitGuy
Joined: 3/20/2007
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Posted: 3/16/2008 2:44:47 AM
BMI is outdated and not relevant for people with lots of muscle.
 satx78218
Joined: 10/30/2007
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Posted: 3/23/2008 5:14:38 PM
Very few people, esp women, have misleading BMI due to above-average musculation or 'heavy bones".

At his peak, Arnold, and probably all professional male body builders, have a BMI of 30+, obese.

BMI is very crude, but if you are an average person with a BMI of 30, you're obese, and the mirror would confirm.

Percentage body fat seems to be the best indicator.

Fat can be stored sub-cutaneously, in the muscles, and around the organs of the abdomen, with visceral fat "associated with" the greatest health risk. Waist-to-hips ratio is the usual measure of visceral fat.
 ShadowLands
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Posted: 4/1/2008 10:26:55 AM
The BMI Index and charts are all bullsh!t.

According to the BMI Index I should weigh no more than 155 lbs at my current height of 5'-8". Yeah.....neat trick. I'd look like a twig.

I am 190 lbs and have a bodyfat measurement of 10%. I am in excellent condition and really like the way I look.

My family doctor took his chart off the wall and threw it away because of me.
 satx78218
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Posted: 4/1/2008 11:23:11 AM
Here's more evidence that BMI is useless, that for some people, a "normal" BMI is still too much fat:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080327172025.htm

It's not "(BMI) normal weight obesity", it's just obesity.

%age body fat seems to be the best measure.

According to this body fat measurement, I'm about 17% :

http://www.healthcentral.com/cholesterol/home-body-fat-test-2774-143.html
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