The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 July 2006

Fat farging chance

Integris Health ran an ad on the op-ed page of The Oklahoman this morning, and it contains this whopper:

A person is considered obese with a weight that is 20% or more of their ideal body weight. At that point, the extra weight becomes a health risk.

So if the charts say you should weigh, oh, 130 or so, you're considered a porker at — wait for it — twenty-six pounds. This is below Nicole Richie territory; this is right down there with Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.

I hope they read their instruments better than they read their proof copy.

Posted at 6:33 PM to Say What?


Awww c'mon . . you know what they meant :) 20% of 130 is 26 so =add= that to the weight and voila 156 or more is considered obese for that person.

Perhaps it was poorly written though.

Posted by: ms7168 at 12:25 AM on 8 July 2006

I think the PC crowd has invaded the area of weight as well. To say that a person who should weigh 100 lbs is considered obese if she gains 20 pounds is ludicrous. Has the meaning of "obese" changed since we were kids? It always carried the connotation of "really, REALLY heavy." Twenty percent over ideal weight isn't that big of a deal, IMO.

Posted by: Vickie at 6:39 AM on 8 July 2006

I had always heard it defined as weighing 130% or more of your ideal body weight, not 120%. Wikipedia says the old definition was 125% of ideal body weight for men, and 130% for women.

Apparently, it's all done by BMI now: divide your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters. The number should be between 18.5 and 24.9 for normal weight. 25-30 is overweight, 30-40 is obese, and 40+ is "severely" or "morbidly obese."

No, I'm not saying on which side of which line I fall.

Posted by: Matt at 10:37 AM on 8 July 2006

You want good grammar and good science? Your standards are ridiculous.

Posted by: anne at 12:19 PM on 8 July 2006