An 8th grader from Indiana was asked to calculate her BMI for class, but she refused, instead firing back with a powerful essay about body image and acceptance.

Self reports that the letter was posted online by a family friend and is now going viral.

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She begins by explaining that your BMI, or body mass index, is an outdated measure of health calculated by dividing your height by your weight. This number purports to represent where on the scale of “normal” weight you fall.

However, there is no one normal weight, and the whole concept of BMI in general has some major flaws. “It’s a measure that SHOULD NOT be used in a school setting,” she writes. “Where students are already self conscious and lacking confidence in their unique bodies.”

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She goes on to explain that she was one of those students made to feel lesser because she didn’t fit a standard height and weight. “At the beginning of the year, I started having very bad thoughts when my body was brought into a conversation,” she writes. So, she went to a doctor, who told her that she was active and healthy, even though she weighed more than the average middle schooler.

“I’m just beginning to love my body, like I should,” she continues.

In conclusion she wrote “My BMI is none of your concern because my body and BMI are perfect and beautiful just the way they are.”

You go girl!

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  • Love her answer and hope she continues to stick to her guns while she finishs growing up.


  • yes that mode of calculating bmi is so out of date anyway and a better way apparently, is needed


  • Aw what a touching story. What are we teaching the next generation about body love when little ones are made to worry about their BMI?


  • Great insight for such young girl. Sadly she only got this insight because she was made to feel lesser before because she didn’t fit a standard height and weigh and went to see a doctor. At this time & age kids are made aware of things at such young age… that isn’t healthy. I agree with this girl that her BMI is none of the schools business !!


  • Good for her! What an intelligent well balanced young girl. I think she’ll go far


  • It is a sad indictment on our society that this child was compelled to write this.


  • what a strong woman she already is.


  • What a great essay from such a mature young lady, – well done -. I don’t know why any school needs to know any childs BMI & definitely shouldn’t ask a child what they thought their BMI was. If they really think there maybe some health issues with a child they should talk to the parents/guardians, otherwise they should mind their own busines.


  • Wow amazing..you go girl..well done.
    BMI does have flaws and I love your research.


  • It’s a useful starting point for conversations with kids – but just a starting point.


  • Wow, all power to this fabulous girl! So wonderful to see confident girls standing up to the relentless pressure placed on all women and girls.


  • Our weight shouldn’t be defined by numbers.


  • Good on her. I so however have mixed feelings about how it should be taught at schools. I’m guessing it was in a hpe class which was part of the curriculum when I was at school


  • Such an amazing girl. I like her answer!


  • As far as I am concerned she answered the question and the school has no right to ask such a thing. As BMI is no outdated and can lead to some thinking they are not what they should be.


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