perfect weight

There is no such thing as perfect weight! To such conclusions came the American Foz Meadows, the blogger of the Huffington Post. Foz was seriously concerned with the problem of eating disorders among women and decided to bring to light the inventor of the body mass index, Adolf Quetelet.

Belgian sociologist Adolphe Quetelet has developed the formula of an ideal ratio of height and weight in the XIX century. To find out whether you do or don’t have obesity, you need to produce simple mathematical calculations.

Let’s say, you weigh 55 kg with a height of 170 cm. Calculating the index:

55/(1.70х1.70) = 19.03

The body mass index is 19.03. Then we should verify the readings in the table:

16 and less

pronounced body mass deficit

16 to 18.5

insufficient (deficient) body weight


normal body weight




first-degree obesity


second-degree obesity

40 and more

third-degree obesity

It is that simple. You just made one multiplication and division, and found out the truth about your weight. So why did the Belgian method displease the American blogger?


The first reason that Foz advises not to trust the BMI system is that, initially, this formula was calculated according to the male indicators, and no separate formula for women was invented.

Secondly, in 1830-1850, when Quetelet came up with his calculations for the average Europeans, people in Europe did not live really well, and many were undernourished.

Thirdly, no one takes the evolution into account for some reason. More than a hundred years ago, people were lower than now. And the person’s weight largely depends on his height.


The body mass index formula also does not take into account the ethnic and national characteristics and age changes. In adolescence, our body forms, muscles do not keep up with the rapid increase in height, so it is incorrect to estimate the correct weight by the index.

It is also impossible to diagnose obesity in old age. The person becomes lower. His spine is not as straight as in his youth, yet the bones do not weigh less. When calculating the index, height will be lower, while the weight will remain the same, and will go beyond the norm, which is fundamentally incorrect.

ethnic and national characteristics


Another error of the system is the inability to take into account the muscle mass of the body. Muscles are denser than fat, and weigh more. If a bodybuilder gets on the scales, calculates his body weight based on the index and understands that he needs to lose weight.

A similar story recently occurred with the bodybuilder Anita Albrecht, who weighs 66 kilograms with a height of 1.50 centimeters. The nurse, having weighed Anita, stated that she urgently needed a diet. Not more than 1000 kcal per day.

The athlete was insulted. Such recommendations are appropriate only for people, who suffer from serious obesity. In other words, if you are doing sports, you can not calculate your correct weight using the BMI system.

Anita Albrecht


In her blog, Foz posted photos of women of different ages and body builds. Some are high, others are low, some are fragile, the fourth are plump, and fifth are sporty. Most importantly, they all weigh 70 kilograms and wear different clothes sizes.

One of the girls with a weight of 70 kg and a height of 182 centimeters wears the clothing size 44, the other with a weight of 70 kg and a height of 176 centimeters wears the clothing size 46. That is, your weight and clothes size are not interconnected in any way.

different body builds


Foz Meadows warns women:

“Skinny does not mean healthy! Stop adjusting yourself to standards and hating your own body.” 

The journalist calls not to give reign to the fashion industry, which imposes emaciation as a healthy lifestyle, and presents the statistics as a confirmation to the argument. According to figures, girls aged 15 to 24 are 12 times more likely to die from anorexia, than from anything else.

20% of girls with anorexia die from exhaustion, while mortality from obesity is 6%. The difference is obvious.