Why Body Mass Index Is All Wrong


It Is Time to Throw BMI in the Trash Can!!!


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Since almost the inception of this blog I have been railing against Body Mass Index or BMI as a measure for obesity. I have written posts about BMI in five (5) separate posts.

The first time was on March 7, 2012 in a post titles The Obesity Epidemic ~ Or Is It? In that post I showed in pictures how crazy the BMI really is.

In March of 2013 I took on the school house Nanny State and BMI.

At this point a brief history of the BMI is in order.

Funny thing here.



It was created in 1832 by a Belgian polymath, Adolphe Quetelet, to define the normal man and to describe “….the standard proportions of the human build.” [From The F-Word web site.]

The BMI was NOT created to determine body fat.

However, insurance companies began using it to do just that. Doctors also liked the number because it was easy and cheap to figure.

So it was not long before that the National Institutes of Health [NIH) began defining obesity using only the BMI number.

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Initially the numbers were for men 27.8 and for women 27.3.

Using these numbers was bad enough. But soon things got even worse. Or even shadier.

In 1998 a NHI Board decided to consolidate the men and women’s BMI numbers into one – 25 meant you were over weight and 30 meant you were obese.

Interesting enough the Board making this decision was made up of many people with ties to the weight loss industry.

I wonder why that was!!!!

Surprise. Surprise. Surprise.

These people just make this stuff up as they go along. And make big bucks doing it!

Now we have school personnel and nurses using these questionable numbers to tell young girls they are fat and over weight. Schools are sending letters to parents telling them their child is fat and over weight.

It is hard enough for young girls to grow up these days. There is far more pernicious negativity out there than when I was in grade school.

So I do not think young girls need school personnel and nurses making them feel bad about their body and self concept at this tender an age; especially when the BMI was NEVER EVER created to determine if someone is fat or obese.


1 scaleThere is a better measurement for obesity. The waist to hip ratio is a better measure for obesity and should probably be used.

However, it probably will not be used because it is much quicker, easier, and cheaper to use BMI.

Nevertheless, It is time for parents to take a stand and tell schools to teach reading writing and arithmetic and to stop harassing their children about BMI!

 So throw BMI in the trash can not just for children, but for all of us.


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Featured Recipe        Raspberry Angel Food Cake



A few weeks ago I saw a 3-ingredient recipe on Face Book for Apple Angel Food Cake. The recipe has been shared by several people on Face Book. I also did an internet search and there are dozens of versions of this cake.

The trick is to add a can (21 ounces) of pie filling to the dry cake mix.

The Face Book notice I received said you could make the cake with any pie filling fruit your heart desired.

So, I decided to make a Raspberry Angel Food Cake.

The person sharing the recipe used walnuts. I decided to use macadamia nuts on mine.

It is as delicious as the Face Book posting said it would be.

You can get 8 large pieces of cake or 16 smaller pieces of cake.

Here is what you will need for one cake:

2 – 11 ounce cans raspberry pie filling

1 box of Angel Food Cake Mix

1 – 4 ounce package macadamia nuts

Spray oil

OK OK!! So it is really four ingredients. I forgot you need to grease the baking pan. Sorry.


This is what you do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a 19 x 13 baking dish with spray oil.


Add the can of pie filling with the dry cake mix in a large bowl.


Stir until well blended. Make sure you get all of the dry mix at the bottom of the bowl mixed in with the pie filling.


Pour in the sprayed 9×13 baking dish and top with macadamia nuts if desired.


Bake at 350 until done, at least 25-30; or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out dry.


NOTE: Even 30 minutes may not be too long. This is a moist cake and it takes a tad more time to bake through. I baked mine 35 minutes. However, make sure you do not bake too long as the cake will get hard and could burn.

Hot out of the oven. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.


I serve with either fresh raspberries or raspberry gelato.



Bon appétit!!!

2 – 11 ounce cans raspberry pie filling       $6.78

1 box of Angel Food Cake Mix                    $3.39

1 – 4 ounce package macadamia nuts        $2.69

Spray oil                                                 $0.23

Total Cost = $13.09

Cost per slice 8 = $1.64

Cost per slice 16 = $0.82

Quote of the Day

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.

Jim Davis


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4 comments to Why Body Mass Index Is All Wrong

  • You already know I’m with you. My husband is super skinny- but muscular. Makes his BMI borderline. You’ve seen his pictures. No way is he obese. Annoys the hell outta me! Most football players are considered obese by the BMI standards. Ridiculous!

  • If people just stopped eating food with ingredients they can’t pronounce or spell and started eating fresh food I don’t think we’d have an obesity problem. The lack of fibre in processed food really bothers me.

    I think I’d use the cake mix anyway for something that looks this good. 🙂

  • Emmie

    This looks delicious, and so easy! Thanks for sharing it. 🙂