For those of you unfamiliar with the BMI- the BMI stands for Body Mass Index .It is a "health" chart that informs people if they are the proper weight for their height. I think it is a bunch of hooey! It only uses height and weight. It does not take into account age, genetics, if you are an athlete, water weight, muscle vs fat weight, body shape...many things. In essence it states if you have a BMI between 25-29 you are considered overweight. If you have a BMI of 30 or higher you are considered obese. Personally I am 5'9 and weigh 165 lbs. If you were to look at me their is no way you would think I am "almost" overweight. But according to the BMI calculations my BMI is 24.3 That is less than 1 tick away from being considered over weight. I don't think so! I'm not over weight or unhealthy( not to say I don't have some unhealthy habits-hey I like chocolate chip cookies but I make my own and everyone knows anything home made is good for you!!) ;-)
In the society we live in we have been conditioned to believe that having "that" perfect body is a true indication of good health...NOT. Having "that" perfect body or not is just apperarance-just the wrapping if you will. To get "that" perfect body what have you given up to get there? What mental strain, physical strain, damage in so many ways, has occurred because you were worried about the wrapping? How much imbalance in your total life has occurred to attain "perfection" just in the physical.
Yes, we should be concerned with the physical aspects of life and we want our physical attributes to be as effective as possible. Do we all really need washboard abs, or a 10% body fat, or be a size 0 or what ever media driven social "norm" is next. NO!!!
Stay active, eat as healthy as possible-get your proteins, your fats, your carbohydrates- sleep well, live responsibly and effectively and everything else will take care of itself.
I believe percent body fat, body shape and a good balance( what ever that is for you) in the physical, mental, social and spiritual aspects of your life are much better gauges for total health. The trick is to find, establish and maintain that balance.
YOU ARE THE DIFFERENCE!