As infants grow up their growth is compared to a chart that dictates whether or not the child is growing at a healthy pace. And a more or less similar chart is used into our adulthood where our height and weight are measured to determine if we are underweight, overweight or ‘just right.’
But growing up we have always heard about the inefficiencies of BMI (Body Mass Index) and now medical professionals are starting to speak out against these ‘ideal weight charts.’
Compound that with an ever changing media landscape that dictates how we look at ourselves and others and this can create some serious social, physical and mental problems.
According to the Epidemiology of Eating Disorders, approximately 20 million women in the United States are medically diagnosed with an eating disorder.
An eating disorder can be defined as an unhealthy relationship with food. They involve being constantly or consistently overeating or under eating.
Medical professionals are now saying that the height and weight charts for men and women are inaccurate because it simply looks at a person’s height versus a person’s weight.
The chart fails to recognize things such as body fat and muscle. Someone who is extremely muscular (ala a bodybuilder) would be registered as obese on the chart since it doesn’t take into account that the majority of the weight is due to muscle.