Kate Harding Takes On The Body Mass Index

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The always awesome Kate Harding has put together a slideshow to debunk the Body Mass Index, a flawed method of measuring obesity levels based solely on weight vs. height ratio, with no attention paid to actual muscle vs. body fat.

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Harding's slideshow depicts women of all shapes and sizes, with their BMI classification printed beneath their image: it's an arresting visual that certainly challenges the viewer to reconsider what they believe about the Body Mass Index and it's tendency to view people as lumps of flesh as opposed to complex beings whose actual body makeup can not simply be determined by the number on a scale.

BMI Project [Kate Harding's Shapely Prose]

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This was beautiful.

I wish I could be "overweight" and look like that girl in the red shirt. She is what I am striving for.

This really made me realize how messed up my body image is at the moment. Beyond the fact that I found all these people gorgeous, regardless of size but can't see the same of myself. But I couldn't help but think, okay that is the body that looks most like mine and found out I picked someone two inches shorter and 30 pounds heavier.