It seems me that the medical community has now empowered itself to shame fat people even further. They claim it will reduce the stigma attached to obesity. But will it really? It sounds good on the outside, but it also completely ignores the fact that people who are not obese have plenty of health related problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and lead sedentary lives. There is much focus on the BMI (Body Mass Index) which measures and individual’s body fat based on their weight and height. I find the BMI a poor measure of one’s overall health. I am considered obese based on the index, yet I have normal blood pressure, low cholesterol and am in good health, save for a vitamin D deficiency. The public health council that advises the AMA agrees with me:
|Oh, look. Fat people DO exercise!|
According to Merriam & Webster, a disease is defined as “something that impairs normal functioning of the body.” Let’s see…So, I went out dancing until 4 am on Saturday and I was fully functional, I assure you. Ask the the 15 plus size women I was dancing with for four hours. They were functioning at a very high level. In fact, I think we out-danced everyone that night, even people who seemed to fall within the healthy limits of the BMI.
In summary, the AMA’s declaration that obesity is a disease is really crap. I’m just sayin’. Do I deny that some obese people are unwell? Certainly not. But if we’re going to be fair, then let’s make sure we also dissect the health of all people, rather than targeting a specific group based on a measure that is inaccurate and outdated.
In the meantime, I choose to chuck my scale and swear off BMI charts forever. And so should you.
Ciao for Niao,