An Eighth-Grader Totally Nailed Why BMI Is Just Another Dumb Number

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Usually middle school kids are super self-conscious of every pimple and pound. But one eighth grade girl isn’t just loving her body – she’s teaching us all how to love ours too.

When asked to calculate her BMI in class, the girl instead wrote an impromptu essay about why BMI is an outdated, faulty way to determine health. (And she’s not wrong – even TIME says so.)

Her response was shared to Facebook by MacLeodCartoons, a page reportedly run by a friend of the girl’s parents. Now it’s going viral.

Now, I’m not going to even open my laptop to calculate my BMI. And I’ll tell you why. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a ‘bigger girl’ and I’m completely fine with that; I’m strong and powerful. When you put a softball or a bat in my hand, they are considered lethal weapons. But, at the beginning of the year, I started having very bad thoughts when my body was brought into a conversation. I would wear four bras to try and cover up my back fat, and I would try to wrap ace bandages around my stomach so I would look skinnier.

So my lovely mother did what any parent would do when they noticed something wrong with her child, she took me to my doctor. My doctor and I talked about my diet and how active I am. He did a couple of tests and told me I was fine. He said though I’m a bit overweight, he’s not going to worry about me based on how healthy I am. So this is where I don’t calculate my BMI because my doctor, a man who went to college for eight years studying children’s health, told me my height and weight are right on track.

I am just beginning to love my body, like I should, and I’m not going to let some outdated calculator and a middle school gym teacher tell me I’m obese, because I’m not. My BMI is none of your concern because my body and BMI are perfect and beautiful just the way they are.

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Just like the number on the scale, BMI is just another number.

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