Only 15 percent of obese people see themselves as obese. In a study, they accurately calculated their height and weight but classified themselves as overweight, not obese. By contrast, more than 70 percent of overweight and normal-weight people accurately classified themselves. Interpretations: 1) Fat people don't know the numerical threshold of obesity. 2) They know it but don't want to admit they're fat. 3) We're getting so fat we've lost all perspective on what fat is. (For Human Nature's previous update on our slipping standards of fatness, click here.)I went to the BMI site, and their conversion chart told me this:
It's probably true, I'm overweight. I better scrap those plans for being 6'2'', 240 lbs, benching 350, squatting 500, and running a 4.7 40 yard dash. In that case, I'd be obese.
People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Height: 6 feet, 2 inches
Weight: 205 pounds
Your BMI is 26.3, indicating your weight is in the overweight category for adults of your height.
BMI Weight Status Below 18.5 Underweight 18.5–24.9 Normal 25.0–29.9 Overweight 30.0 and Above Obese
Anyone who is overweight should try to avoid gaining additional weight. Additionally, if you are overweight with other risk factors (such as high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high blood pressure), you should try to lose weight. Even a small weight loss (just 10% of your current weight) may help lower the risk of disease. Talk with your healthcare provider to determine appropriate ways to lose weight.
The funny thing about the BMI is that it doesn't account for individual characteristics. My body fat is pretty low. Back when I weighed 215 in high school, you could see the baby fat in my face. There's none of that now. As for health risk, I'm probably more likely to be in danger of having too little body fat -- women actually need to have it; I assume the same must be true for men in a different degree.
Our society has a weirdly puritannical understanding of the physical body. Luckily for me, I fit into the approximately <5% of people in athletic shape.