@jeff - I agree BMI is old technology but to completely disregard it is
dangerous. Let's face it, the more fat you carry the worse off you are.
If my kid is lifting a ton of weight and is off on the BMI because of it I
won't worry. If my kid is overweight and BMI says so then I'm
negligent for ignoring or justifying it.
It is dismaying to see the Body Mass Index being used to give medical advice -
to children or adults. This is nineteenth century medicine being practiced in
the twenty first century. Boys have significantly higher BMIs than girls of the
same age and height, older children have higher BMIs than younger ones of the
same height, children with broad frames will have BMIs significantly higher than
their small-frames peers regardless of level of obesity, etc. Judging a
child's obesity by his or her BMI is meaningless and often cruel. Children grow at uneven rates, with occasional growth spurts and occasional
flat periods, rendering the results of the BMI meaningless. There
are three free online estimates of ideal weight that are superior. The waist to
hips ratio and the waist to height ratio each give more useful information than
does the BMI, and weightzonefactor.com gives a comprehensive, scientific
analysis of weight and fitness. I recommend weightzonefactor.com for best
My own weight loss experience started when I quit thinking that the BMI was
wrong and outdated. Why in the world should I not weigh what is in the healthy
BMI range? Once I figured this out I've lost 50 lbs with another 20 to go
to hit my range. When parents ignore their own problems the children will fall
in line and gain weight as well. It's time we quit this and get healthy.
To "Jamescmeyer" what efforts has the government made for healthy eating
through legislation?If you are talking about school lunches, they
are not healthy now, and they have not been healthy for decades. When congress
has to declare pizza sauce a vegetable that only shows how incompetent they
are.If the government really was concerned with healthy eating why
not start with something they already control with a group that is overweight.
The poor that are on food stamps and other government nutrition programs have
higher obesity rates than the rest of the population. Why not start there?
Limit food stamps to only healthy food items. Prevent food stamps from being
applied to chips, soda, packaged meals, junk food, and everything else that is
known for being unhealthy.This will also save the government money
because they could cut the amount of money given per month for food stamps.
Hold on a second, now. Conservatives and Republicans haven't attacked
efforts to encourage healthy eating (which does not require kale shakes); they
attack efforts to force healthy eating by legistlation. As for here:
(really, she's just very strong and muscular)... Okay.I
share your concerns about rising costs of socialized healthcare and decreased
average labor capacity. That's why the GOP has been trying to encourage
opportunities for people to go out and do things, rather than collect other
peoples' money.Normally when the topic of weight is brought up,
concerns are raised about improper body image and social pressures to meet
unrealistic standards of figure. These are valid concerns, and they're by
far not even exclusive to girls, but the opposite extreme does exist.
"The Centers for Disease Control define overweight as having a Body Mass
Index, which is a number based on an individual's height and weight,
between the 85th and 95th percentile for the individual's age and sex, and
obesity as having a BMI at the 95th percentile or above."With
these definitions, we would expect to find 10% of the children overweight and 5%
of them obese. So how is it possible for over a third of the children to be
overweight?It is important to note that (according to an article on
the CDC web site) the data used to construct the standard growth charts were
collected in 1963-1994.
Frustratingly, Mrs. Obama has been promoting healthy eating and exercise among
America's youth for years, only to have conservatives (e.g., Rush) attack
her personally for being "large" (really, she's just very strong
and muscular) and for the GOP to attack healthy food programs in schools. I
read that even Sarah Palin has passed out cookies at events for kids as a symbol
of their "freedom" to choose what they want to eat. "Freedom"
trumps health for conservatives.Unhealthy kids don't bode well
for America's future. It will add to ObamaCare costs and make the nation
less competitive in terms of our military and work force. Sadly,
because kids' healthy eating and fitness are associated with Mrs. Obama,
the GOP will continue to oppose it.