The BMI Project
BMI stands for “Body Mass Index” and it was originally created by researchers to study the effect of weight on health. BMI adjusts weight for height.
BMI = weight (kg) / height² (m²)
Researchers also supplied handy dandy categories and definitions:
underweight < 18.5
normal 18.5 to 25
overweight 25 to 30
obese > 30
These were intended for research use but they’ve been adopted for use by physicians and the diet industry to provide yet another goal for fat people to strive for … a “normal” BMI.
At the Shapely Prose site, Kate Harding has a fantastic slide show called ” The BMI Project“. It’s a series of photos of real women with their BMI assigned designation. This beautifully illustrates just how ridiculous those categories are. Check it out.