“Scholars are concerned that very little evidence has been produced regarding the question of exactly how body fat is supposed to cause disease (1). With the exception of osteoarthritis, where increased body mass contributes to wear on joints, and a few cancers where estrogen originating in adipose tissue may contribute, causal links between body fat and disease remain hypothetical. Researchers are asking health professionals and policy makers to consider whether it makes sense to treat body weight as a barometer of public health. Despite this shaky foundation for defining physical health in terms of body fatness, much of current health and communication research measures health through simple measures of a person’s body fat, and that may be doing more harm than good for the health status of this country.”
IF YOU OWN A HEART AND A WORKING BRAIN, THIS ARTICLE SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING. IT’S NOT THAT LONG. GO LOOK AT IT. (via bellaknoti)
I can say that I am heavier than most of my friends. But they, who are slimmer, etc, etc, are the ones on high blood pressure medications, pre-diabetic, and a host of other illnesses associated with being “heavier”. I’m the one who can ride a bike for 20 miles and still have enough energy to have a full day of massages. And I still look younger than a lot of them. I think I am doing something right. Screw BMI nonsense.
I’m 5’3” and 115 lbs, which puts my BMI at 20.4. You’ve seen pictures of me: I’m pretty skinny. BUT I have a fatigue disorder that my doctor still can’t diagnose, terrible upper body strength and next to no stamina for activities more strenuous than walking.
I’m working to get a bit more fit before the convention so that I can be on my feet all day and do a couple of the martial arts techniques I know for people who want to see the Black Canary in fighting form without completely passing out by 4 pm.