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.


By Anonymous Ignoramus, at Wed Sep 08, 10:16:00 AM:

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.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Wed Sep 08, 10:24:00 AM:

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.  

By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Wed Sep 08, 01:58:00 PM:

If those times are accurate, then I am a god. And I'm not even fat...  

By Blogger JPMcT, at Wed Sep 08, 05:37:00 PM:

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.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Sep 08, 06:55:00 PM:

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?  

By Blogger Bomber Girl, at Wed Sep 08, 07:52:00 PM:

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".  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Sep 08, 08:06:00 PM:

1.8 minutes? How do they make it last so long?  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Wed Sep 08, 09:51:00 PM:

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.  

By Blogger Gary Rosen, at Thu Sep 09, 02:52:00 AM:

Anon 6:55

" 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.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Sep 10, 09:38:00 AM:

When it's enough already, and you just want to get some sleep.  

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