To understand Body Mass Index (BMI), we have to start with the human body standard used by mainstream scientists and medical doctors — the Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1) found in any scientifically accepted human body anatomy book.
Visit any mainstream doctor and they will have the same general Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1) image in their office showing what the standard human body looks like fully developed, including vertebrae (posture) and muscles/mass. That human body image is considered by mainstream doctors and scientists to be the model of perfection. It is the standard that you and all human beings are held to when it comes to overall health, including BMI. That perfect standard that likely a very tiny few — probably less than 10% of the entire human population — actually meet and are.
Body Mass Index (BMI) and the Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1)
Body Mass Index (BMI) directly correlates to the Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1). Unless a licensed medical doctor has diagnosed you with a specific malformation, underdevelopment, abnormality, or the like (such as Poland syndrome or scoliosis), according to mainstream scientists and doctors, when safely within your safe BMI weight range your human body looks identical to the Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1). This includes the full development of posture/vertebrae and muscles/mass, as per that Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1) image.
For the last 100 years or so, mainstream science and doctors have adamantly based being overweight and obesity solely on the idea that being overweight or obese is an energy imbalance from consuming too many calories while not burning enough. In other words, people are fat because they eat too much relative to their basal metabolic rate (BMR) while not getting enough activity/exercise to burn any excess calories. The clear, indisputable (according to mainstream scientists and doctors) answer to being overweight and the childhood and adult obesity epidemic is to stop eating more calories than your daily BMR allows while increasing your activity/exercise to burn more calories to lose any excess weight. That is it, period, the end.
Thus, according to mainstream science and medical doctors, once you or any human being reduce calories to at or below BMR while increasing calories burn (as needed to lose weight, if any), you will safely get within your safe BMI weight range and thus look identical to the Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1). Nice and neat and clean, right?
Skinny Fat Including Normal Weight Obesity, Cellulite, Crepey Skin, Loose/Saggy Skin, Thin Fat – Body Mass Index
As a scientist, I have been researching the human body for more than 25 years now. When I am well within my safe BMI weight range, like countless other people in the world, my body looks nothing like the Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1). I experience/deal with skinny fat including normal weight obesity, cellulite, crepey skin, loose/saggy skin, and thin fat where there should be muscle.
I am missing muscles/mass throughout my entire body which directly affects my posture, no less. Yet, I have never been diagnosed with any abnormality, malformation, or underdevelopment like Poland syndrome or scoliosis.
In fact, most people fail to realize that obesity is actually defined as having an excessive amount of body fat — NOT as weighing too much.
When I am well within my safe BMI, I do not feel good either – like so many other people in the world. When I had doctors poke and prod me, testing everything they could to figure out why I did not feel good – stomach issues, depression, headaches, etc. — they could find nothing wrong and sent me home with acid reflux meds. I was “totally normal”, including no hormone imbalances or physical abnormalities or like of any kind, even though I had obvious skinny fat including normal weight obesity and cellulite where there should be muscle, everywhere on my body – legs, thighs, stomach, arms, back, etc.
How Mainstream Scientists & Doctors Explain Skinny Fat/Normal Weight Obesity When Within Safe BMI
When I asked the doctors why they shook it off with no real response other than some people just have more skinny fat than others. Well, that simply does not add up. They cannot say in one breath that everyone looks like the Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1) when safely within their safe BMI weight range and then say in the next breath that not every “totally normal” person looks identical to the Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1). But, alas, that is exactly what they did and still do say to this very day, which, again, makes zero sense. This is the main reason why BMI experiences so much controversy.
Moreover, I actually physically felt the best in my life when I reached 270 pounds — well outside my safe BMI weight range. But mentally and emotionally I hated how I looked – obese. And knowing the serious health risks and costs of the disease of obesity, remaining obese was not an option.
As a scientist, science must have a way to at least roughly calculate what a safe weight range is for each person. But ‘rough’ is the best we can really do. BMI is not totally accurate because not all human bodies are identical to the Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1). Why, because it is a fact that any part of the human body can be underdeveloped or undeveloped, including muscles/mass and vertebrae/posture (spinal extension).
The Imperfect Body Mass Index & The Four Body Types Research
I am living proof that Body Mass Index is, at best, imperfect but still roughly viable. The fact is, few things in life are perfect. Until The Four (4) Body Types scientific research and data progressed far enough along to shed real, valuable light on why there are different body types, I was one of the countless people who could not get off the obesity roller coaster ride, no matter how diligent and hard I worked.
The research also helps explain things like the obesity paradox, which, although rare, indicates that, especially in some older adults, being relatively obese actually can improve their health, as well as normal weight obesity which carries many of the same risks as obesity. The Four Body Types and Body Type Quiz utilize a diverse array of science-based variables including diet, exercise, lifestyle, metabolism, BMI, hormones, and genetics/DNA, no less, to reckon and better assess and understand your overall health.