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Dear fitness center, the BMI chart on the wall is NOT okay with me

By August 29, 2013 3 Comments

I have a HUGE bone to pick with my fitness center; a fitness center that I was drawn to because, at the time I joined, I thought that its focus was health and physical activity, not weight loss and numbers. This was incredibly important to me as an individual recovering from a severe eating disorder.

BMI Chart graph

BMI Chart? Not in MY locker room!

As if the scale that I am forced to pass every time I walk into the locker room wasn’t enough, they decided that posting a BMI chart, graphic curve and all, was warranted as well.

The moment it caught my eye I was off and fuming, like a racehorse out of the gate. Vroom!

Really? Come on now. Are they trying to make people feel even worse than they already do about themselves? Do they realize how inaccurate those charts can actually be for some people?

Do they realize just how much harm those charts can do without proper perspective and knowledge? Hell, if I were going by that chart, I would be back in an unhealthy place again.

I thought about making a comment about it. I hemmed and hawed about it for a while, but I bit my tongue. Did it bug the hell out of me? Yes, it most certainly did. Was I concerned about it? Yes, definitely. Was it my place to say something? I was not sure.

Apparently, I was not alone in my disgruntlement with its presence, though (to my immense satisfaction). After eyeing it and fuming about it for a few days, I walked into the locker room and it was gone. I can only assume that someone else complained about it. Problem solved.

People exercising in a gym class.

I exercise for health and physical activity, NOT for weight loss and counting numbers on a scale.

If it were to appear again, would I say something? Yes, I certainly would. I would work up the guts to complain. A BMI chart has no place in a fitness center where the aim is to be healthy and active. Enough said.

Tell me: has anything at your fitness center ever irked you or made you feel worse about your body?

Katelin Jordan is a recent university graduate with a Bachelors Degree in General Studies, with concentrations in Sociology and Communications. While currently an eager jobseeker, her interest lies in social issues and social science research. She is the proud pet-parent of her two year-old Manx-shorthair mix cats, Chocolate Chip and Oreo.