My pal Ken Arneson wrote in to tell me that not only does my math stink (yes, I screwed up a simple math problem in my last post. After getting my Brian Giles body, I’ll next attempt to get a Nate Silver mind for math … or not. The former is much more likely.) but also that my information may be bad.
After reading my last post, Ken says:
"So that’s why I scare children. I’m 5’10.5", 160.
Those BMI "ideal weight" stats you cite turned out to be wrong (as you suspected). That’s because the CDC had done its BMI calculations wrong, and overcounted the obesity mortality risk by a factor of 14. So what was categorized as "overweight" actually turns out to be optimal. "Normal" weight people like me are at slightly more risk for mortality than "overweight" people, and being "underweight" is more dangerous than being "obese". So the preferable weight categories are, in order: overweight, normal, obese, underweight.
In other words, going after the Brian Giles body is probably better
for you than going after the Ken Arneson body."
Good to know. I feel slightly less obese now that my mind is full(er).