Is It A Numbers Game?
There is plenty of cash to go around in the celebrity world when it comes to hiring private chefs and personal trainers. All of the hottest in Hollywood will have all of the tools at their disposal to be the picture of health. If you happen to judge celebrities and their fitness on their body mass index, or BMI, you may just find that the numbers are going to paint a whole different story.
The BMI takes a look at both weight and height to measure the fat on a person’s body. This number places you in one of four broad categories, which include underweight at 18.5 or lower, normal weight at 18.5 to 24.9, overweight at 25 to 29.9 and then obese at 30 and up. There are some life insurance companies that will also look at measurements of BMI to determine the cost of coverage. However, can this really be an accurate measurement of your body’s composition?
Some Numbers Do Not Add Up
If you are an athlete that has a lot of lean muscle mass, the BMI measurement can be a bit misleading as the scale will not differentiate between fat and muscle. This will mean that all of the top sports stars in the world will be classified as being overweight. However, ever the actors that are the trimmest, especially those that are short, will not be immune to confusing classifications of BMI.
When asking top nutrition experts about BMI and testing celebrities, the studies have shown variations that lead to a great deal of confusion. Looking at photographs of celebrities and keeping height in mind, these are the best answers that the experts could give on a weight estimate. Some are rumored to use waist trimmers as well as good overall diet and exercise.
Angelina Jolie – estimated BMI of 17.9
This is a celebrity mother of six who is always staying lean by chasing around her family. Measuring with a height of 5’8″, experts guess that she probably weighs in at about 118 lbs. A lot of people will often envy her accomplishments and her beauty, the estimated BMI that she has of 17.9 could suggest that she would make a better role model if she were able to gain some weight.
Arnold Schwarzenegger – estimated BMI of 30.8
As a former body builder, the Terminator star is often looked upon as being the ultimate post child for fitness. However, looking at his BMI charting, Arnold comes in as being obese. This actor stands at about 6’2″ and the experts guesstimate that he weighs around 240 lbs, which brings him to a super high body mass index of 30.8
It goes without saying that Schwarzenegger shouldn’t run right out to sign up for a program to lose weight just yet. All of the muscle mass on his body can bring about a BMI that is misleading.
Beyone – estimated BMI of 21
This songstress known for “Bootylicious” and a vast amount of other number one hits is often called curvy by all of the tabloids. However, by BMI standards, she is proportioned just right. Experts seem to think that Beyonce is about 130 lbs and she has a height of 5’6″ to give her a BMI of around 21, which is right inside of the normal range.
Tom Cruise – estimated BMI of 26
While he may not be scaling a lot of mountains in his latest movies, there is seemingly nothing wrong with Cruise’s physique. Or is
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Actor Tom Cruise on the set of ‘Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol’ in Vancouver Canada. In the scene Tom was filming in the back of a truck and even had to eat his lunch in the truck…
Measuring at a height of 5’7″, the actor weighs about 166 lbs and has a BMI of around 26, which is actually considered to be overweight by BMI standards.
Tony Romo – estimated BMI of 28.8
No matter what you think about his performance while he is on the field, it is hard to think that Romo’s body is anything less than perfect. If you look at the BMI standards, however, this Dallas Cowboys quarterback is looked at as being very overweight. With a height of 6’2″ and a weight of about 224 lbs, the BMI of 28.8 would make it look as though he should lose weight.
As you can see, the numbers that you will have with a BMI chart can be subjective and you need to look at a number of components to make a determination.