Are you fat? We are all fat; that is, we all have fat. It is a necessity. I got fat, you got fat, everybody's got to have fat. . . sounds like an old song to me. It is the proportion of fat to body weight or mass that tell whether you are slim and trim, over weight, or obese. Even though obesity is a public health threat, most doctors still asses your weight by using a two hundred year old comparison called the "body mass index (BMI). I went to a site: http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/ and calculated my BMI. I am 5'-11" and weigh 175 pounds and according to that web page, my BMI is 24.4. The normal range is 18.5 to 24.9, which puts me at high normal. Now, that is the first time anyone has called me normal!! That may say I am normal but I feel much better and my blood pressure goes down to normal or near normal if my weight is between 155 and 160. So there must be a flaw in this simple calculation, especially for me.
Some researches did a study and found out that it was flawed. They studied 1400 people and compared their BMI to a fat percentage determined by X-ray scans. The BMI was only correct between 25 and 30 percent of the time (25 percent for men and 30 percent for women). Using the old methode, 26 percent of our population is obese but in reality 64 percent actually are obese! When I read that I said, "dang, that can't be" and then I went to Wal-Mart and started observing the people and I only saw a couple that were not over weight and one was my wife. According to my quick Wal-Mart study, 99 percent of the people are way to fat. . . OK, maybe 98 percent. Some of the people I saw were so much over weight they could count for 3 to 4 obese persons all by themselves. I knew a lot of people looked fat to me, but this puts things into perspective. Dang, I am getting hungry, so guess I better quit writing this and go get some nourishment. Now you all have a great day and I hope you can still enjoy your meals after reading this.