Out of curiosity I looked into the Body Mass Index (BMI) chart to see if my height to weight ratio was in the normal, underweight or overweight category. I knew I wasn't in the overweight category. According to Wiki:
"In 1998, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought U.S. definitions in line with World Health Organization guidelines, lowering the normal/overweight cut-off from BMI 27.8 to BMI 25. This had the effect of redefining approximately 29 million Americans, previously healthy, to overweight.
So, if you're BMI is over 25 you're overweight, over 29 obese. Did you know that over 35% of Americans are "obese"? Fat America for sure. That's why when people look at my svelte physique they ask, "Is Rob ok? Is Rob sick?". No, he's not sick, you're just so used to looking at fat/overweight/obese people which seems to be the norm these days. Here's the BMI chart with recommended guidelines:
For me, since I'm 5'11" and I weigh 160 lbs, my BMI (according to the chart) is 22. That is near the middle of the green band. Actually, it's closer to the overweight band (yellow) than the underweight (blue) band. So, according to the National Institute of Health (and CDC), I'm where I should be- in the healthy range. Are you?
Power ON! Coach Rob