# 89 (2013) When Is Thin Actually Fat
According to the BMI calculator this man is overweight:
He is the presenter of The Men Who Made Us Thin – one in a long line of lifestyle and health documentaries currently being shown on British television. He has a BMI of 27 and here’s the offending scale:
What this demonstrates is that lowering the healthy BMI range to 25 pushed a lot of people who would not consider themselves to have a weight problem into a category they never expected. And these were the people who jumped on the bandwagon of diet fads and exercise regimes that they really didn’t need. The people who really needed to be looking after their health however, the ones who were at the higher end of the scale, weren’t doing anything about it.
On the flip side, my BMI describes me as healthy and yet I know I am a little overweight and could afford to lose a stone. What this BMI score tells us is that everyone is different. What if you’re a female, size 10 but with a double F cup size. That weight isn’t distributed across your body as fat and yet you may well be in the overweight category.
Our preoccupation with weight, ideal body shapes and the apparent happiness all these things will bring is basically complete crap. We are programmed by the media, by our peers and by clothing companies to believe that fat is bad and they ride on our concerns to make money.
Yet on the other hand the food industry is constantly tempting you with products you don’t need which are bad for your health and giving them healthy undertones to keep you buying.
If you want to be happy and accept yourself for who you are you need to throw all these things aside. Look in the mirror when you’re naked. Do you think you need to lose weight? Do you actually see an overweight person, or do you see someone who is being perhaps overly critical because they compare themselves to unobtainable perfection? Do you lead a healthy life. Do you eat sensibly, Do you exercise. Do you feel happy and healthy. If the answer is yes, you don’t need to believe the hype. but if you really have a problem and you know it, do something about it.