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Old 04-20-2011, 01:47 PM   #1  
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Good morning Everyone! After reading some of the comments yesterday I just wanted to share some more of my thoughts on this "number."

I’m sorry so many of you have such a bad taste in your mouth about the BMI data. I was under the impression that the IP program was created specifically to reduce body fat and maintain lean muscle so it would seem natural that looking at your BMI might be a primary way to evaluate how you are doing on the program.

I’m not saying it’s the only way to determine a person’s health (i.e. Insurance carriers), but too much fat does seem to go hand in hand with many health problems/risks (blood pressure, cholesterol, some cancers, arthritis, etc.) so you can still use it as ONE tool to measure your health—just not your only tool.

Gosh, the insurance companies “back in the day” used to only evaluate you with their standardized height/weight charts!

Well, “kids”—I’m now 55 and I’m still only 5’/60 inches tall and I haven’t seen 100 lbs. or less since I was 25 but even in their “overweight/unhealthy category” I’ve completed 5 marathons, 10 half marathons, a 126-mile bike ride and numerous other events over the last 15 years (yeah, it started with the Oprah complex—she did a marathon at 40-I could do one too!) and I’m not nor have I ever been on any medications.

Bottom line: You/they have to look at the whole picture for yourself which includes BMI, weight on the scale, hip/waist ratios and perhaps whatever clothing size you consider you wear at your healthiest weight.

Also, will just add that what I have found comforting (and really believed all along) with my BMI test results is that I am leaner than I thought at a higher weight!

Keep on keeping on --you are all impressive and heading in the right direction!
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:24 PM   #2  
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Also, will just add that what I have found comforting (and really believed all along) with my BMI test results is that I am leaner than I thought at a [B
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Keep on keeping on --you are all impressive and heading in the right direction!
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