Sunday, February 09, 2014
Around this time last year I stood on a body comp scale and received this cool slip of paper giving me information about my health.....bone density, fat%, water weight, etc. It was pretty neat. Today I just had a good old fashioned test done with calipers and a formula, though I was assured it is more accurate than the one I took last year. So, here are my 2014 numbers:
Height - 62 inches
Body fat 27.29%
Last year I was 151 lbs with 30% body fat.
The main reason I felt I needed to have the numbers checked was my weight gain. I wanted to see why I was gaining, as I make no secret of my eating what I want to eat. And it's, once again, a reminder that weight and BMI are not optimal measurements of health.
I recently "unliked" and unfollowed the Facebook page of a famous Biggest Loser winner because of her irresponsible focus on weight instead of body fat. And the recent BL controversy where the winner had a too low body fat, but won since she had the most weight lost. Outrageous. I thought the overall big picture goal of the show was good health. And just like too much fat makes you unhealthy, too little is also dangerous.
Can we please start to move towards not placing importance on pounds? I think it would be great for furthering the social cause of being healthy, not fat or skinny, but healthy.