Less Wrong is a community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality. Please visit our About page for more information.

eli_sennesh comments on Lifestyle interventions to increase longevity - Less Wrong

120 Post author: RomeoStevens 28 February 2014 06:28AM

You are viewing a comment permalink. View the original post to see all comments and the full post content.

Comments (376)

You are viewing a single comment's thread. Show more comments above.

Comment author: [deleted] 02 March 2014 03:23:05PM 1 point [-]

While you are technically correct, that shouldn't function as an excuse to let oneself get overweight. My BMI was just measured a couple weeks ago to be 23.7 (between 18 and 25 is "normal"), and even after you account for the fact that I carry some muscle thanks to a year of strength training, I'm still visibly chubby and the nurse told me to lose weight. I agree with her on this.

Comment author: Creutzer 02 March 2014 03:28:26PM 5 points [-]

But what you're doing is exactly ignoring the BMI: the BMI is supposed to be normal, but you think you should lose weight.

Comment author: [deleted] 02 March 2014 04:22:06PM 1 point [-]

Yes, that's my point. However, I'm abnormal: the most common use of ignoring BMI is to let oneself remain overweight against the evidence of its health detriments.

Comment author: Lumifer 03 March 2014 04:24:55PM 0 points [-]

While you are technically correct, that shouldn't function as an excuse to let oneself get overweight.

That's a non sequitur.

To quote you from another post

the most common use of ignoring BMI is to let oneself remain overweight

You don't know that. Asserting an opinion and describing reality are two different things.

Comment author: [deleted] 03 March 2014 04:35:00PM 1 point [-]

You don't know that.

I have not run a statistically significant experiment, no, but I have simpler never heard of anyone even ignoring their BMI when it's a reason to eat more and exercise less. You could say that I have more than a completely baseless prior but less than a completely well-evidenced posterior.

Comment author: Lumifer 03 March 2014 04:58:45PM 1 point [-]

I have simpler never heard of anyone even ignoring their BMI when it's a reason to eat more and exercise less.

Huh? You're making no sense.

The great majority of people ignore their BMI because they don't care. A notable number ignores their BMI because they have better metrics. I ignore my BMI because I think that it's a silly number that tells me nothing that I don't already know.