Better than BMI

Most physicians and other health care practitioners determine if our weight is healthy by using a mathematical formula called Body Mass Index (BMI). The rest of us don’t have any idea how to calculate a BMI.

Maybe instead of using BMI to determine if we’re overweight we could use some simpler measures. Like these:

  • If you look down while taking a shower, can you see your feet?
  • Did you grunt last time you tried to get your seatbelt around your middle?
  • If you shake a body part do some parts of that body part keeping jiggling when you stop shaking?
  • Are you wearing wrist and ankle bracelets because those are the only parts of your body to which you want to call attention?

To quote a friend of mine… “I resemble that remark!”