I forget the corresponding numbers, but what's considered "officially" obese, for example, is actually much smaller than most of us would think. That anchor could very well be obese by clinical standards.
Originally Posted by legends
it was also lowered literally overnight by the stroke of a pen about 15 years ago after intense lobbying by the diet industry.

a 5 foot 4 inch woman is considered to be at the high end of "normal" at 140 pounds, veering into overweight at 145 pounds and obese at 174 pounds.

this doesn't take into consideration age, bone density or body fat composition.
Originally Posted by rouquinne
Really? What was the benefit to the diet industry other than money? Was it to make more people think they're overweight?

BMI should be used with a bucket of salt. Waist measurement is considered more accurate, and just looking at someone. This has no bearing on their health, I just mean a persons overall size.
Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.