A mum as been left fuming after she received her son’s Body-Mass-Index (BMI)-for-age-percentile-chart, which claimed her sporty boy is obese.
Many of us have vivid memories of having our BMI and age calculated to see where we fall on the graph from underweight to morbidly obese. If you don’t recall the panic of having your friends notice your dot falling anywhere too high, you should consider your childhood to be nothing short of #blessed.
So imagine the horror when Aussie mum, Amanda, discovered that her athletic son is classed as obese. Amanda took to Facebook to share her shock at what constitutes as obese and the impact this test could have on young kids.
“Apparently obesity has a new face…I’m absolutely disgusted to receive this” – Amanda
A real body image issue
Body image discussions often focus on the female body image. The problem, however, does not discriminate. Body image issues run rampant across all ages, genders and cultures.
Amanda could not hide her shock at her son’s obesity rating, especially considering his active and healthy lifestyle.
“They wonder why kids have issues with body image. Here is a boy who plays any kind of sport several times a week!!” – Amanda
Finding your BMI is a flawed system
Knowing your BMI supposedly lets you know if you are in a healthy weight range for your height.
The problem is, though, that there are too many variables for a test that is so black-and-white, like the BMI rating system. Many of us fall into the grey area, being healthy and muscly with a high BMI, or thin and unhealthy with a BMI that shows us to be perfectly “normal”.
“47.4% of Americans who were considered overweight according to their BMI score – and almost 29% who were labelled obese – were in fact healthy. The academics’ work also found that 30% of people who fell into the “normal” BMI category – with scores between 18.5 and 25 – were unhealthy according to other indicators.” – International Journal of Obesity as mentioned in Men’s Fitness Magazine