“Being a skinny is much more unhealthy than being fat – new study”

So much for the “obesity epidemic.” 🙂

(There’s something I’ve wondered about the “Body Mass Index,” or BMI, ever since I learned how it was calculated: why the heck would medical professionals use such a measurement? It’s obvious to anyone with a math education that it couldn’t be right — it assumes that a person’s weight will go up with the square of his height, when it should be the cube of the height at the very least. I’ve since discovered this article, which explains it.)


  1. By the way, I don’t know if you’ve seen me in my 40s, but I’m no longer the skinny fellow you knew when I was in my early 20s. 🙂

    • Happens to the best of us — I’ve put on a noticeable amount of weight since my twenties myself, to the point that the BMI scale claims that I’m well overweight. (It’s right, but only by maybe fifteen or twenty pounds, and I’m slowly dropping that.)

  2. By the way, the title has a misprint. “Being a skinny”. Unless of course, you pronounce it with a good Italian accent. 😉 Sorry I didn’t notice it before.

    • Not a misprint here, that’s the title of the original article. Have you never heard of thin people, as a group, called “skinnies”? I have, and it makes “a skinny” perfectly legitimate, language-wise.

      I prefer the retitling I used in the URL, though. 😉

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