BMI or body mass index provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems. Your BMI is based on your height and weight. It has four categories: those who have a BMI of 18.5 or less is underweight, while a BMI of 18.5-24.9 is normal, 25-29.9 is overweight and BMI of 30 or more is obese. BMI is a pretty good indicator of growth and health problems for kids.
However, BMI is not a perfect method for judging someone’s weight because as mentioned earlier, it only measures body fats and does not differentiate it from muscles. Think of those wrestlers who have tons of muscles in their body, their BMI might say they are overweight or even obese, but this can be so misleading since what they have in their body are muscles and not fats. So BMI cannot be relied upon all the time especially with athletes who have loads of muscles.
Celebrities’ BMIs Revealed
The case of a misleading BMI is not just for athletes, even the BMIs of celebrities tell another story. Earning not less than hundreds of millions per year, these rich and famous people have all the resources they can get to have a healthy lifestyle and gorgeous fit bodies. However, when expert nutritionists tried to estimate their BMIs, in spite of their sleek, sexy bodies, the numbers don’t add up. See for yourself how deceptive BMI is with some of these celebrities:
Considered as one of the most beautiful woman in the world, the star of the action film Tomb Raider has an estimated BMI of 17.9, thus saying she is underweight and could be more alluring if she gains more pounds. Despite of her smooth curves and proportionate body, she could use a little more flesh to be healthier.
The buff Terminator superstar has an estimated body mass index of 30.8 making him obese. But do those gigantic muscles look like obese to you? Another proof on the flaw of calculating BMI.
The bootylicious diva has an estimated BMI of 21 putting her in the normal scale. All the while we thought those hips brings so much weight to her but the numbers said no, her weight is normal.
The hunky recipient of the “I can wear heels again” joke has an estimated BMI of 26 telling us that he is overweight. But does this mission impossible agent look overweight to you?
The Dallas Cowboys’ quarter back is overweight! Or at least that is what his BMI says. The six feet two inches athlete weighs two hundred twenty four pounds thus giving him a BMI of 28.8. Experts should really come up with a better measurement of body fats especially for these mass-muscled athletes like Tony Romo.
Does this former World No. 1 professional tennis player has a BMI that inclines to obesity just like the other athletes? This five feet nine inches tennis sensation weighs one hundred fifty pounds giving her a BMI of 22.1 which is within the normal range. What the hell, just by the looks of hers you wouldn’t see any signs of fat.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
The Ghost Whisperer star that is five feet two inches tall and weighs one hundred twenty pounds has the right to wear bikinis having a BMI of 21.9 that fall within the normal range.
Do not panic when your BMI says you’re underweight or overweight especially when you know for yourself you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle. An everyday trip to the gym might give you mass of muscles that might mislead your body mass index.