I’m not a huge fan of the whole bmi thing, I don’t think it takes everything into account and can be very misleading. When I was younger and a hell of a lot slimmer, I remember a nurse actually saying to me she was concerned as I looked underweight, but after weighing me and going my bmi I was technically over weight!! So I really don’t take bmi all that seriously, however, being as heavily over weight as I am now I do think it’s a fairly good indicator health wise.
I look my healthiest at about 165 pounds (just under 12 stone) any smaller than that my face looks gaunt, I loose my curves, my rips poke out and the whole world tells me I look ill. Before gaining all this weight I was a gym bunny and ran at least 5 times a week, I was carrying a lot of muscle and have always been heavier than I have looked.
Yesterday I heard that if you have a bmi of 50 or over it’ll take 10 years off your life. This scared the living crap out of me so I decided to investigate. I’m going to be brave and give you my real numbers here, this is something in real life I would NEVER do, but as your my secret, I feel pretty safe to share. Phew here it goes.
I am 5 foot 4 inches and currently (my weigh in tomorrow so hopefully I’ll be less!!) weigh 294 pounds (21 stone).
So according to The NHS website my bmi is 50.4.
Ahhhhhh damn it!!!!
The website went on to tell me I need to loose 167 pounds (11 stone 13 pounds) to be in the middle of my healthy weight range. It’s really daunting thinking of numbers that big, it’s like loosing a whole persons worth of weight! That would take me down to 127 pounds (9 stone) but I read the ‘top end’ of my healthy weight would be 146 pounds (10 stone 6 pounds) which once upon a time I did weigh (and a lot less) and I found it very hard to maintain without over exercising and starving myself. My body was really happy between 154 pounds and 168 pounds (11-12 stone) so that would be my dream goal!
I had to include this image as it really made me chuckle!! Technically I’m bigger then the red gentleman on the right, but I can tell you now that is in no way shape or form a good representation of what I look like. I would say I’m between the grey and the orange, but with boobs and a waist! I’ve just remembered you have all seen my body in my OOTD posts, I really need to start doing them again they were so much fun.
I realise I’m falling into the land of google images here and that this is a CARTOON but how is the girl in the middle over weight?!?!
Anyway back to the subject at hand, my bmi! I found a study done at The University of Oxford on weight loss and life expectancy, (the study was done 9 years ago) I read the article and I have to say my heart dropped when I read this line…..
Severe obesity (BMI 40 to 50, which is still uncommon) reduced life expectancy by about 10 years; this is similar to the effect of lifelong smoking.
As well as being over weight I also smoke, so it looks like, if I don’t sort my life out I’m dying pretty young. I’m no where near ready to die, does this mean as I’m huge and smoke that I’ll loose 20 years?! Could I die at 60??? My mum is nearly 60 and I see her as being so young, to think I could be dying at her age is scary. Being 30 years old now, am I halfway through my life?
Although I’m freaking out, which let’s be honest I am, I think this was a good thing for me to find out. The past few years my health seems to motivate me for more than the reasons I had when I was younger. Am I prepared to die young to live this food obsessed life style?
No I am fucking not.
My friend and I complain about our weight a lot together, we always say ‘nothing is enough’ and what we mean by that, is not matter what reasons we have to try and loose weight it’s never enough to make us do it. We loose a bit gain a bit etc the cycle goes on. I really feel this could be a defining moment for me. Finding this out has genuinely scared me and I want, more than anything, to be there for my kids and future grand children. To watch them grow up and live long happy lives, I want to be old when I die, I wantto live a long and happy life.
I hope this post was interesting, it was pretty much my verbal diarrhoea on the subject, if your struggling with weight too… I hope this post can help you along the way. Like normal your comments are more than welcome.
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