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Small Benefits of Being a Size Activist

Debbie says:

I found it extremely satisfying after a check-up this morning to have my (basically very good) doctor say, “Well, I guess the only thing we have to worry about is your BMI,” and to be able to answer, “Well, since I don’t believe in BMI, that means we have nothing to worry about.” He even said he’d read some references if I sent them to him.

That is all.

7 Responses to “Small Benefits of Being a Size Activist”

  1. Patia says:

    I just had a similar conversation with my new personal trainer (who happens to be fat despite being incredibly fit).

    Would love it if you could post some of those references. I had a hard time explaining why I oppose BMI aside from the fact that it’s based on arbitrary and bogus insurance charts.

  2. Debbie says:

    Hi, Patia,

    The best references I know are from our BMI post, which I linked to above. Just click on “BMI” in the post and you’ll get to them.

    I’m sending them to my doctor tonight.

  3. tracey says:

    Go, Debbie!
    I’m going to be so bold as to copy some of these references and post them in the gym where I work as a trainer.
    An uphill battle every step of the way….

  4. MrsDrC says:

    I’d say that counts as taking out two teaspoons today!

  5. Sue says:

    How true i am a larger women i allso have a skinny friend who has a so called great BMI but i beat her easy in cardio she carnt keep up with me on the treadmill we often challenge eachother and i always win its not the first time i have seen larger women beat the skinny ones im shore some of you would have seen this as well.

  6. Magpie says:

    Tracey, have you see the HAES Gym Reviews blog? Bet there are a lot of women out there who would love to have you as a trainer…

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