Weight IS Just a Number….

Food for thought…I got this info from a relatively unknown website so I can’t be sure if the case studies are accurate..but it all sounds pretty plausible to me…why do y’all think?

Also, while I usually find it problematic to write about weight and emphasize numbers (i.e. facts like ‘5’2 female weighing 180lbs’) sometimes I think it’s appropriate when proving the point that a number on a scale says little about a person’s health. How do other people feel about this weight/number issue?

Here’s the excerpt from the website written by a UCLA student:

“Compare these two female students. Which one is healthy and fit?

· Cathy is “obese” based on her height and weight (she stands 5’2” and weighs 180 lb, Body Mass Index = 33.). Despite her weight, she is training for a triathlon, exercises hard for 6 hours per week, and fuels her body with about 1800-2000 calories from wholesome nourishing foods. She is trying to lose weight, but realizes that restricting her calorie intake too low will impair her health and exercise performance.

· Michelle is underweight at 5’2” and 96 lb. (Body Mass Index = 17.6). She consumes fewer than 1000 calories a day, smokes and drinks diet sodas and coffee all day to suppress her appetite, and barely has the energy to walk to school, let alone work-out.

Compare these two male students. Which one is healthy and fit?

· Eric is 5’6” and 142 lb. He runs around the track and climbs the Drake stadium stairs for about 30-45 minutes 3 times per week, and he lifts weights for about an hour 2 times per week. He eats a high fiber diet (with plenty of fruits, veggies, and whole grains) and also makes sure to eat adequate protein from chicken, tuna, and low fat milk products. He just had a wellness exam at the Ashe Center and was told that his blood pressure and cholesterol levels were optimal.

· Ron is 5’6” and is extremely muscular at 170 lb. He is in the weight room 6 days a week for 2 hours each session. He never does cardio because he’s afraid of losing mass and size. Ron eats a very high protein diet, stays away from starch and sugar, and supplements his diet with designer whey protein shakes, ECA stack (before workouts), and creatine monohydrate (after workouts). At his last wellness exam, he was told his blood pressure was elevated (probably related to the stimulants in the ECA stack and lack of cardio exercise), his blood cholesterol was borderline high (probably related to all the partially hydrogenated oils in the sports bars he eats, as well as his very low fiber intake), and his blood creatinine levels were high (from all the protein in his diet).


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