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Could obese and ”metabolically challenged” people use the case of Anita Albrecht to get themselves classified as fit and healthy?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26798points) May 15th, 2014

What stops ”metabolically challenged” people from using the case of Anita Albrecht to reclassify themselves as fit and healthy? If there is a flaw in the way BMI is measured they could argue that in spite of their girth, diet, or what the scales say, they are healthy because of their height to weight, etc.

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ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

No because obesity is really a body fat percentage issue. Bmi is not the best indicator

Dutchess_III's avatar

That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard, a nurse calling the woman obese. That nurse should lose her license.

RocketGuy's avatar

Shouldn’t high BMI show up as rolls of fat? That woman has none.

zenvelo's avatar

BMI is an index, not a true measure of body mass. Since muscle is “heavier” for a given volume than fat is, percentage of body fat is a more accurate measure of fitness.

But no, an obese person could not use that to “get around” their being fat, for instance on a life insurance application. Their wishing won’t make it so.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Nope. It just goes to show that healthcare providers are too used to seeing morbidly obese people.

GloPro's avatar

@RocketGuy Believe it or not many scary skinny fashion models could be called obese because of muscle to fat ratios. They’re crap.

I say if you want to know if someone is fit (barring medical issues), have them run a mile for time. I hate running and am turtle slow, but I could get there.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

@GloPro even that is not the best metric. When i was in top shape running track i could run the 100 m in just under 12s but i was lucky to run the mile in under 6m. There is a balance of height muscle mass and fat content that nobody seems to have put together and made it common

josie's avatar

Anita Albrecht is not obese. You can say what you want. You can parse words all you want. You can pretend etc. etc. But some people are fat, and look it, and she is not one of them.

RocketGuy's avatar

@GloPro – I would go with a 1 flight of stairs test. 1 mile run is kind of tough.

Coloma's avatar

Pffft….no. Our obsession with weight and body image is so skewed.
It’s a lot easier to lose weight and change ones body shape than it is to lose a shitty personality. lol
I could care less about other peoples health and habits and BMI. If someone wants to remain fat, smoke, bungie jump of the world trade center….who the hell cares?

Live and let live.

tedibear's avatar

Fitness and health are not defined by weight. Someone who is classified as obese by the Bogus Measurement Index can be healthy and physically fit. Someone who is considered “normal” weight can be unfit and unhealthy.

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