BMI (the abbreviation for body mass index) is a long-time tool used by doctors and physicians to categorize a person’s weight as healthy or unhealthy. It’s all based on your height and weight, and, in my opinion, it’s pretty depressing.
This simple equation divides your weight in kilograms by your height in square meters. I know, math. Thankfully there are calculators for these kinds of things, so if you’re dying to know your BMI, you can do that here.
The number you get puts you into one of four categories, as shown in this handy chart below.
For the average person who does not work out or is not an athlete, this can be a very helpful tool in showing them where they lie on the range of healthy weight for their height, or it can show them which category they are in that may lead to health problems.
But then, there are cases like my own where BMI just doesn’t make much sense.
According to my BMI, I am overweight. I’m almost even obese. And yet, with a BMI of 27, I’m in the best shape of my life.
This is me, overweight according to standards but happy according to my body.
This goes to show that every single person is different. And while BMI may be useful in some circumstances, it’s not the only judge of a person’s fitness. In fact, the Center for Disease Control even states that BMI “is not diagnostic of the body fatness or health of an individual.”
If you have a certain body type, calculating your BMI may put you in a range that isn’t necessarily accurate for you. So before you stress about being overweight, take a look in the mirror, do put yourself through the “zipper test.” If you are looking good (and yeah you are!) and you are feeling good, and your pants are maybe even a little bit looser than they were last week, that’s what matters.
Your health matters – not your weight. That thing is just a number, and the same goes for your BMI. If you are working out regularly and taking care of your body – and, most importantly, you are happy with yourself, then you’re good to go.