Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Big news from a study
Semi-NSFW, and entirely unbelievable.
Neither the conclusions regarding BMI and endurance, nor the supporting figures make any sense. Come on, 7.3 minutes, 1.8 minutes? When did life turn into a sprint? Stop and smell the roses, already.
BMI is one of the dumbest metrics around. Unfortunately it’s getting used more and more, including for official purposes. Expect to see more of this with ObamaCare.
Here’s a BMI calculator. It depends only on height and weight.
According to BMI I’ve been “overweight” my entire adult life but was even more so in my late 20s and early 30s.
I'm "overweight," too, but have 19% body fat at age 48 and have a 33 inch waist, resting pulse of 52-54 or so, and swim, bike and run fairly long distances.
If those times are accurate, then I am a god. And I'm not even fat...
Based on the "research", one could also justify that statement that fat guys are less interested in sex and skinny guys are more neurotic.
I'm sure legislation will follow.
Why do I feel like this is a gay personal ad?
Anon Attorney here. Age 45, 6'1", 185, 9% body fat, bike, swim, run, gym. BMI lists me as "overweight."
Regarding the study: did they control for age?
Thank you, gentlemen, for not posting your times, sort of like the O'Reilly quiz results, but I am sure that it is comforting that you are all, supposedly, "overweight".
1.8 minutes? How do they make it last so long?
Since I've just had an IPA on an empty stomach, here's my question: Did the study control for the hotness of the women involved? One can imagine that might be correlated both with fitness and, er, lack of control. On average, of course.
" BMI lists me as "overweight."
No, your BMI is 24.5, "oveweight" is > 25. But it does show you as much closer than you really are at 6' 1", 185 lbs which sounds pretty trim to me.
When it's enough already, and you just want to get some sleep.