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Using Metric For Body Mass Index

Here's a tip for all of you who, having read the frightening story this morning about the dangers of being even a wee bit overweight, decided to calculate your body mass index. There's a simple formula that involves height and weight and gives you a number. Anything above 25 is "overweight," over 30 is "obese," and over 35 is "jumbo."

Many people who consider themselves quite normal in their weight may be surprised at the harsh judgment of the formula. So here's what you do: Enter your measurements in metric. Instead of 5 feet 10 inches and 180 pounds, for example, which would classify you as overweight, you could just put in 510 centimeters and 180 kilograms. That drops your BMI from 25.8 (a little bit fat) to 6.9 (freakishly underweight). It's like the ultimate painless diet!

I have so many good ideas.

[Note: This item will be fleshed out, as it were, later this morning.] [UPDATE: POST COMPUTER CRASHED, ATE ITEM APPENDAGEMENT. WILL TRY TO RECONFABULATE BY TOMORROW.]

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 23, 2006; 8:07 AM ET
 
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