datanerd wrote:That said, being an average kinda white guy, I'd be deluding myself if I tried to convince myself that I was "big boned" or something to the extent that I fall outside the "norm" that BMI is based on.
The cry of "big boned" used to be used far too often as an escape route. Still is but I think less so.
In a similar vein, so often when I get a small injury or pain (and I get a fair few as I age) some of my aged peers used to be quick to associate it with my higher than average life of sport and weights and exercise and activity. After years of suffering this self-serving tripe I have had some success in attitude change by asking who do they call when something heavy has to be dragged down from the roof? Not their kids! Old injury prone, "too-much-sport"/"time-to-take-it-easy-like-me" Colin. I just state the obvious - that with my niggles I am still more functional and will likely remain that way and next time they need to lift something heavy they had better call me rather than try it themself.
Big boned seems to be stem from a need to justify their own shortcomings. They do not seek out better available assessments.
End of rant.