BMI is CONFUSING!

Hi! Today's question is about BMI. What's that? It stands for Body Mass Index - a way of figuring out if you are a healthy weight. Everyone wants to know if they weigh the right amount. We get tons of questions that ask exactly that.

But it's a hard question to answer. The true answer is ... it depends. It depends on how tall you are. It depends on how old you are. And it depends if you're a boy or a girl. It also depends on what kind of body you have - your bones (your "frame") and your body type (more muscular or less muscular).

Here's Hannah's question:

Dear PLS,
I read about the BMI calculator and when i did it it said i was a lil overweight.. but i do year round sports and im blessed with the B's.. whats wrong?!

(this is the 3rd time ive sent this...)
Hannah, 12


The experts I talked to say this about BMI: Talk to your doctor. It's hard for tweens or teens (or even parents) to calculate their BMI and understand exactly what it means. For instance, your doctor can tell you if your BMI has always been the about the same. If so, that's usually a good thing.

What about you guys? I've heard some schools calculate students' BMI readings and send them home to parents. Or have you talked to your doctor about your BMI? Let's give Hannah our best advice.

To learn more, check out this article on BMI.

Think pink!
Jemma

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Anonymous GrammarGeek said...

I used Wii Fit, and I was a healthy weight. But my teacher's BMI says that he is over weight, because he's so tall and muscular. The BMI calculator doesn't take muscle mass into account.

August 27, 2010 at 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Josie said...

I don't think it's a big deal, but if it bothers you, talk to your doctor.

August 27, 2010 at 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its no big deal unless u r REALLY overweight and YOUR NOT.
If u really think its a problem just ecsersise and dont eat to much junk food. If that doesnt work and u r still worried go visit your doctor.

HOPE I HELPED

Question Gal

August 29, 2010 at 1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

arent u supposed 2 update everyday?

August 30, 2010 at 3:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You shouldn't be worried about this... if u don't think you look overweight and the bmi says ur only a little overweight don'tlet it bother u. the important thing is that ur comfortable with ur body

August 30, 2010 at 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Maddy said...

Hannah you should not be worried about this! God made you the way you are and do not let a little calculator worry you; weight is just the amount of gravity pushing on you and height is another part of weight! you still need to be comfortable with your body and don't worry!
-hope I helped!

September 2, 2010 at 9:53 PM  
Anonymous Grace said...

Hey! I have the same problem! If you do not feel confortable with your weight then talk to your doctor or parents. I have a problem myself , and I really need help I am really worried about it. Okay here it goes. When I jump up and down , walk or run, my stomach JIGGLES!!!!!! Oh my gosh. My mom says that it is fat not muscle . I need help to make my stomach NOT jiggle. My friends say I am skinny but my stomach needs to NOT jiggle. HELP ME!!!!!!!! PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!

Grace , 10

September 5, 2010 at 10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

okay you are right that is confusing

September 10, 2010 at 7:47 PM  
Anonymous MathMagician said...

It's alright, i know tons and tons of people who have the same problem. I do too! It's ok if your a little overweight, but not like WAY overweight. Just excercise everyday, eat healthy, and you could even ask your Physical Education teacher to help you work out after school if you really want to. I hope this helped!

September 11, 2010 at 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well BMI stands for body mass index and it basicly shows how your wieght maches up with your hight like lets sat that i'm 105.0 pounds then i should match up with that ishould b about 4 feet 11 inches.

October 31, 2010 at 7:14 PM  
Anonymous olive 101 said...

i'm over weight to and yeah

October 31, 2010 at 7:17 PM  
Anonymous olive 101 said...

wow i thought that i was the only one!!!
o and i am also the one above olive 101

October 31, 2010 at 10:19 PM  
Anonymous olive 101 said...

kkkkkk well B.M.I. stands for body mass index its supos to match up with ur hight

January 1, 2011 at 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i did it on wii fit and it said i was overweight. i cried all day! *sniffle*

February 22, 2011 at 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Immy♥ said...

wut is BMI?

September 10, 2011 at 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Demeter said...

Everyone makes fun of me because I'm heavy, but that's because I'm tall, and have a massive frame.

July 28, 2012 at 4:24 PM  

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