I am scientifically fat

March 31, 2013


I've always trusted science because, like me, science doesn't lie. At least, not intentionally. We both have a habit of assuming we're always right until we're proven wrong. Science also likes to keep it real, which I respect. I guess that's why I take it seriously when science calls me fat.

I finally got on the scales last week and I am officially overweight. Not by a hideous margin. But, still, enough to feel frumpy and unattractive. I'd like to use age as an excuse but if I'm gonna keep it real like my hero science, it's because I'm not as active as I used to be. I've let myself go.... onto the couch with a box of Pringles and a bag of maltesers for too many months. 

As part of my re-found enthusiasm for life, I've decided to get back in shape. My short term goal is to lose 5kg to get into my healthy weight range (technically only need to lose 2kg but why settle for just okay?). My long term goal is to lose a total of 10kg. I'm not so fond of eating less so I'm going to try exercising more to begin with. If that doesn't work, I'll admit defeat and kiss (but not lick, chew or swallow) my beloved junk food goodbye.

I used an online BMI calculator if you want to give it a go. If science tells you you're fat or underweight, try not to take it too hard. Science just wants you to be healthy - it's a tough love kindda pal. Okay, wish me luck getting science's tick of approval for my body!

UPDATE 31/03/13: I just had dinner with a scientist who tells me the BMI standards were based on tall, lanky bodies and someone dumpy like me should get a Skinfold Measurement instead to see whether I'm unhealthy fat. She didn't call me dumpy. I called me that. She didn't call me unhealthy fat either, though she did ask if I was pregnant... with a food baby. I was - spring rolls, damn you, you're too delicious. Anyhoo, I'm still going to use the body health inspiration this BMI test gave me to stay motivated and get in shape!

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