A few interesting coincidences happened to me over the past 24 hours. I happened to run across a body mass index (BMI) chart similar to the one below:
I met a couple of nursing students the next day (while visiting a college campus). They approached me and asked me to fill out a little survey about my health. My answers on the form probably looked contradictory: I wrote my perceived health as very healthy, yet I had to mark "overweight" for the BMI question.
Having said all this, I don't hate the body mass index chart/system. It doesn't work well for me or other muscular individuals. But most people don't have high BMI numbers due to muscle mass. This system is just a quick, easy way for the average Joe/Jane to have some idea of his/her ideal weight range.