Sunday, October 21, 2007

The BMI Photo Project

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about finally slipping out of the "morbidly obese" and into the plain old "obese" bracket of the Body Mass Index charts. I talked a little bit about how shocking it was to find out my size meant I was unhealthy enough to die from it, since I was pretty sure I felt pretty vibrant and lively most of the time.

If you need further proof that BMI is only objective in the eyes of the National Institute of Health or the Center for Disease Control or whoever thought it up, here is a Flickr Project devoted to putting faces to those numbers:

Check out the very compelling BMI Illustration Project.


Luna Bella said...

That photo essay is fascinating. While I get the main point about the BMI not being a good yardstick for health, mostly I found the photos really inspiring for other reasons. People are so interesting and so beautiful, and that beauty comes in a huge range of sizes and shapes. Thanks for the reminder!

Abba said...

Looks like I am teetering between the two. Yikes. Sounds morbid.

Laura Brandon said...

sorry i'm a little behind in reading this, but i'm at least glad to know that i'm not the only one who's more than a little confused about what my bmi says about my health. thanks for posting this!