Saw this on the news last night and it really pissed me off.
Research by the Mayo Clinic has lead them to the conclusion that around 50% of americans considered to be in the normal weight range are actually obese because of a higher than desirable body fat percentage. This is called "normal weight obeisity". Apparently, this condition puts you at the same risk for heart disease and diabetes as being obese in the traditional sense.
ok, so I am at a normal weight, but I have a high body fat percentage. This is partly heredity, and partly because I have lost lots of lean muscle mass durring episodes of anorexia. Now, anyone who has read this blog knows that i really struggle with body image. I feel like a freaking land monster most days and thats putting it mildly. I have to remind myself of the cold hard facts. I am at a normal weight for my height. I have a healthy BMI. I am not fat.
But according to the folks at Mayo, I am obese????
I think this whole "war on obiesity" is going just a little too far. True, it is a national health crisis. But my 8 year old has come home from school and told me that she learned that candy bars are "bad". I know someone who has been told that her kindergartener is "at risk" for obiesity because his bmi is out of the normal range. Never mind that he is a head taller than any of his classmates and still growing!
So now not only do we have to worry about our weight, and our BMI, we have to make sure our body fat percentage is not too high, or we may be labled "obese".
Give me a freaking break.
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