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April 21, 2005


But let’s suppose that, because of the government telling us that we need to lose weight in order to be healthy, one third of the people in the “normal” category would have otherwise been in the “overweight” category.

That would be a massive assumption to get outraged over, considering there's no evidence whatsoever that hardly anybody is at or near their given weight due to government recommendations. Much less 1/3. You could probably dig up bigger solid numbers related to unsafe highways and dirty air.

I lost a lot of weight, and it wasn't because of the gummint's nagging. It was to get the approval of my peers, and avoid diabetes.

The others implied it, but the simple reason that people aren't more upset about this is that most of us simply ignore what the government thinks our weight ought to be, if they're even aware of the government recommendations in the first place.

Half Sigma,

your posting is disingenuous. You neglect to mention the elephant in the living room: BMI is not a measure of obesity (or underweight conditions, etc). Personal example: 5'11", 220 lbs; of those, about 40 lbs are fat (hydrostatic weighing). 12% body fat seems to be high enough to not be unhealthy, making me about 15 lbs overweight.

And yet my BMI is over 30.

So, I call BS on the study itself, and your interpretation is of necessity flawed by the study's defects.


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