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.
She begins by explaining that your BMI, or body mass index, is an outdated measure of health calculated by dividing your height by your weight.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.”
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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