Where are you on the Global Fat Scale?

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Heidijoy

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Posted: 13 Jul 2012, 12:56
The BBC has a very unusual BMI calculator - it lets you see your BMI in context with the average person of your gender, by country, worldwide.

It's true French women are slim: they have a BMI of less than 23. Compare that to the average American woman's BMI of 29.4.

Try it! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18781786
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JessWhatINee...

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Posted: 13 Jul 2012, 13:45
That's cool! And I feel better about myself here in the USA (lower than average) than I do in the rest of the world (higher). Even Italy, land of pasta has a BMI of 23.6.
erika2633

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Posted: 13 Jul 2012, 14:27
I'm most like someone from Yemen. Very appropriate, since I love FRIENDS so much. Only other FRIENDS lovers will get that... Wink


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thynes

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Posted: 13 Jul 2012, 14:46
I got a 23.7... 134 and 40 years old puts me at Italy lol! AND I CAN'T EAT PASTA??? Now that's funny!
Erica.... think Pheobe would go with you? Wink
erika2633

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Posted: 13 Jul 2012, 15:10
Well I know Chandler would.. Smile Wouldn't that be torture to live pasta-free in Italy?!!


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CJT1217

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Posted: 13 Jul 2012, 16:16
Slovenia! 26 BMI; lower than 71% of American males, but higher than 66% of males in the world.

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JessWhatINee...

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Posted: 13 Jul 2012, 16:24
I was Canada btw. Totally could move there very easily, eh!

And yes I totally get the Yemen! I love FRIENDS!

Oh.My.Gawwd.
karabeth

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Posted: 13 Jul 2012, 16:45
I'm smiling so much at these Yemen comments!

I've never been able to see BMI on a global scale before, very interesting. I am most like a Somalian. Now I feel like I want to try Somalian food. Hmm... I couldn't even tell you what that would be!
JessWhatINee...

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Posted: 14 Jul 2012, 00:49
flies? (oh, that was a very very bad joke. I'm pissed at myself for even typing it...)
Les84

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Posted: 14 Jul 2012, 10:23
Armenia. BMI 23% lower than 78% of females in the U.S and 58% above females in the world. Pretty interesting.
bpraters1

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Posted: 14 Jul 2012, 11:37
This is a BMI scale, not obesity scale, there's a big difference.
Baxie

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Posted: 14 Jul 2012, 11:49
Since BMI is used to gauge obesity, maybe you could explain the difference to us, bpraters1. Thank you.
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Earthlady

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Posted: 15 Jul 2012, 05:38
Eritrea!
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gmp50

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Posted: 15 Jul 2012, 05:48
Vietnam!!! Really??
ifihadacat

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Posted: 15 Jul 2012, 06:29
'You're most like someone from Barbados'
Uh.
Cool I think?

My goal BMI is in Yemen though, haha.
paperiniko

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Posted: 15 Jul 2012, 09:06
BMI is a poor and rough measure of obesity since it only takes into account height and weight so one person with a lot of fat and little muscle might have the same or lower BMI of a person of similar weight and height but with a lot of muscles and little fat, while actually being way fatter
dollaramaman

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Posted: 15 Jul 2012, 09:27
This one takes a little more detail to give you a better idea for more muscular people. BMI is about the same.

http://www.biggly.com/bigglyb.php
Baxie

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Posted: 16 Jul 2012, 00:23
Good Heavens! You can have a low BMI and be very muscular, but still drop dead of a heart attack...or get run over by a bus and then, so what? I think striving for a healthy, less stressful lifestyle is FAR more important than relying on these numbers to "tell us" we're healthy...
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Heidijoy

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Posted: 16 Jul 2012, 00:32
I agree, Baxie and Paperiniko. My post is really just interested in the global context presented, which is something I had not seen before. As for fitness, BMI is a poor measure. Better to ask how fast you can run 3 miles, regardless of weight!
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Baxie

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Posted: 16 Jul 2012, 05:16
BMI readings, like cholesterol levels or blood pressure readings, are a good place to start when you want to improve your health...I think we should view them as such...Your post IS interesting. I've never seen such a thing, either. Thanks for sharing Smile
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