This 8th grader took a stand for body positivity and refused to calculate her BMI
Normally, it’s a pretty good idea to do all of your homework, but in the case of this 8th grader from Indiana, we’ll make an exception. This student was asked to calculate her BMI for class, but she refused, instead firing back with a powerful essay about body image and acceptance that’s been going viral.
While we don’t know the name of the awesome girl who wrote it, Self reports that the letter was posted online by a family friend. We can’t stop reading it.
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The student starts by explaining that your BMI, or body mass index, is an outdated measure of health calculated by dividing your height by your weight. This number purports to represent where on the scale of “normal” weight you fall.
However, there is no one normal weight, and as the student so eloquently reveals, the whole concept of BMI in general has some major flaws. “It’s a measure that SHOULD NOT be used in a school setting,” she writes. “Where students are already self conscious and lacking confidence in their unique bodies.”
She goes on to explain that she was one of those students made to feel lesser because she didn’t fit a standard height and weight. “At the beginning of the year, I started having very bad thoughts when my body was brought into a conversation,” she writes. So, she went to a doctor, who told her that she was active and healthy, even though she weighed more than the average middle schooler.
“I’m just beginning to love my body, like I should,” she continues. “And I’m not going to let some outdated calculator…tell me I’m obese…my body and BMI are perfect and beautiful just the way they are.”
PREACH, girl. Preach.