Student gives incredible response to ‘outdated’ question about her weight
A teenager has been praised for her amazing response to a homework question about her weight.
Tessa Embry, a student from Evansville, Indiana, explained in her answer why the use of Body Mass Index (BMI) to measure a person’s health is “outdated”.
The 14-year-old refused to work out her own BMI and instead responded with a detailed answer explaining: “My BMI is none of your concern because my body and BMI are perfect and beautiful just the way they are.”
“BMI is an outdated way of defining normal weight, underweight, overweight, and obesity by taking one person’s height divided by their weight.
“One of the formula’s obvious flaws, explains Alan Aragon, the Men’s Health Weight Loss Coach and nutritionist in California, is that it has absolutely no way of discriminating fat and muscle.
“So, let’s say there is a fairly athletic woman who maintains a decent diet, she’s five feet, six inches, and she weighs 190 pounds, but 80% of her body is muscle. That doesn’t matter when calculating BMI! This woman’s BMI would be 30.7, and she would be labelled obese. Does that make sense to you? Because it sure doesn’t make sense to me.”
The softball player added that she was also self-conscious about her own body image, explaining: “At the beginning of the year, I started having very bad thoughts when my body was brought into a conversation.
“I would wear four bras to try and cover up my back fat, and I would try to wrap ace bandages around my stomach so I would look skinnier.”
She added: “I’m not going to let some outdated calculator and a middle school gym teacher tell me I’m obese, because I’m not.”
Cartoonist James MacLeod, a friend of the girl’s mother, shared her incredible answer on his Facebook page.
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