Monday, 16 July 2012

IMFW: Where are you on the Global Fat Scale?

A bonus Interesting Medical fact of the Week this time - I've skipped a few, because with writing up my hospital trip and all, I've been updating pretty regularly without them - which is more of an Interesting Medical Do It Yourself. The BBC website has created a calculator which allows you to input your height, weight, age and gender, and then calculates your Body Mass Index (BMI). This is then compared to average BMIs for people of your age and gender in countries all across the world.

My attention was first drawn to this when my boyfriend announced that he had the BMI of someone from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which sounded pretty concerning. So of course I had to look it up. As it turns out, my own BMI is most like a woman aged 15-29 in Bangladesh. Hurrah!

Obviously BMI is a problematic calculation given that it does not take into account a person's frame size or muscle mass - and as we now know that I am in fact 36% fat it's pretty clear that in my case it is not even a vaguely accurate measurement! However, it is still a diverting way to spend two minutes, and I highly recommend it.

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