I get daily emails/updates from the Center of Consumer Freedom, which is an organization that is devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. They also have pro-ag/pro-food messages, so I like them. I had to share their most recent article on BMI: Body Mass Index, ehrr I mean Idiocy because it made me laugh. Pretty comforting when I think of my own BMI (thank you state government for calling me overweight).
BMI is a simplistic measure that only combines height and weight—ignoring muscle mass—which leads to erroneous classifications. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has cast doubt on its usefulness. So it wasn’t surprising to read yesterday that the British National Health Service (NHS), which measures schoolchildren’s BMI and sends “warning letters” to parents of supposedly “overweight” kids, has made a number of big fat screw-ups.
Who else falls into the BMI trap? Today’s CCF infographic presents a few famous “fatsos”—at least according to the their BMI. Be sure to check out our complete list of supposedly flabby folks.