THIS IS FROM AN L.A . TIMES BLOG AND THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT LIMIT IS A GREAT FIRST STEP….AND THE INTERESTING OBSERVATION THAT FOUR PACKS WILL MAKE IS THAT THE “IDEAL WEIGHT” IS THE MIDPOINT OF THE RANGE….A 5’10” MAN WOULD BE IN IDEAL SHAPE IF HE WEIGHED 155 LBS…WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THE PUBLISHER OF FOUR PACKS WEIGHS….
“When you drive, you have a speed limit. This is similar to that concept,” says George Fernandez, director of the Center for Research Design and Analysis. “This number tells people, ‘This is your maximum weight. You should not going over that weight.’ It’s a simple concept that should stay in their heads.”
The Maximum Weight Limit is calculated on a baseline height and weight. A man who is 5 feet 9 should weigh no more than 175 pounds. A woman who is 5 feet should weigh no more than 125 pounds. To find your Maximum Weight Limit, calculate how much taller or shorter you are in inches. A man should subtract or add 5 pounds for every inch taller or shorter than 5 feet 9. A woman should add or subtract 4.5 pounds for every inch she differs from the baseline height of 5 feet.
The number does not reflect a person’s ideal weight, Fernandez says, because people differ in their build and muscle mass. The tool is meant to give people a stop sign. “This is something strict that says, ‘This is your limit,’ ” he says. People who reach their limit should change their lifestyle to eat healthier and exercise more or should seek professional guidance to curtail further weight gain. “It’s time to intervene and take steps immediately,” he says.
Fernandez came up with the formula after talking to doctors and nutritionists about his own weight. “They all came up with different numbers: a weight range, ideal weight, healthy weight, BMI.” After delving into research on weight guidelines, Fernandez says he was struck by how complex the BMI calculation was. BMI was introduced by a Belgian statistician more than 200 years ago, Fernandez says. “It’s a fine, valid measurement for identifying or diagnosing overweight and obesity. But for common people, it’s hard.”
Fernandez is presenting his theory today at a conference of the Nevada Public Health Assn. He plans to begin testing the Maximum Weight Limit to see whether people find it helpful and to identify whether the number could replace BMI in clinical studies on weight.