Well I must have asked myself this question long time ago! So I asked myself this question today. I was glancing over an article in NDTV.com about sudden surge in weight-loss surgeries in India. These surgeries are called “Bariatric Surgeries”. You can read the news story here: http://cooks.ndtv.com/article/show/huge-surge-in-weight-loss-surgeries-in-india-expert-397270?ndtv_rhs
All these days I was worried about my belly and my *looks*. I have accepted the notion that I am obese. After reading the article I desparately wanted to know how obese was I? How bad is my obesity??! Should I undergo a weight loss op!?!
I went to the website: http://www.njbariatricspc.com/weight-loss-surgery/getting-started/am-i-obese/ . I guess the ndtv article was about these people who lead the weight-loss op industry in India. These people offered to explain obesity as per BMI (Bio Mass Index). So I punched in my numbers and found out that my BMI was 29. This is dangerously close to the text book definition of OBESE. But still, heck, I am not obese. I will be obese if my BMI hits the 30 and 30+ scale.
With my present life style I am sure that I can easily touch 30. Now I am not at all worried about looks. I believe the concept of looks is for teenagers. All I am focused is about being healthy. Having a healthy diet. I decreased my weight to know what is the right weight for my height. I think I would settle for a BMI of 23. That is 68 KGs for my height. So that is 17 Kg less than my present weight. I am not concerned about the part of my body which is going to shed 17 Kg. It may be my belly or my butt or my breast. I don’t really care. All I care is that I must shed 17 Kg.
The answer to my question, scientifically: NO. I am a student of science and I would take that answer and strive to get close to the magic figure of “23”.