Re: BMI and mortality in the aged

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Thu, 26 Aug 1999 15:38:22 -0700 (PDT)

> I find this subject fascinating. Just one question: how do I measure m2?
> Is that the surface area of my skin, and if so, how could I get a ballpark
> estimate without, like, putting duct tape all over myself, cutting it off
> and measuring its area?

BMI (Body Mass Index) is just your mass in kg divided by the square of your height in meters--no need to measure surface area (which will be more or less proportional to the square of your height anyway, unless you are a fractal bush robot. "You know, when I got married my Hausdorff dimension was over 3.8, but lately I've let myself go. I'm barely at 3.3 these days.")

--Lee (1.9m, 102kg, BMI 28.3, dimension approx. 3.0)