When an Indiana eighth-grader was asked about BMI in class, she took her teacher to school.
A few weeks before this student got a BMI assignment, every student in the class was weighed in front of their peers and made to calculate their BMI, or body mass index. According to the student’s mother, her daughter came home in tears after the exercise. She’s perfectly healthy, she eats well and she’s active … but according to her BMI, she was “obese.”
Body mass index is known to be a pretty flawed system of measuring someone’s weight in relation to their height. It often oversimplifies complex health issues by putting people into one of four categories underweight, normal, overweight, or obese.
Which is why this student’s frustration led her to do some extra writing on her class assignment about BMI.
Here’s the question she had to answer: