Thursday, October 6, 2016

Bo knows obesity?

Picture your favorite athlete.

Maybe it’s the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James. Or maybe it’s Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. If you’re more of a baseball fan, it could be Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout.

What do these men have in common besides being superior athletes who have excelled in their respective sports?

They are all overweight or obese. Yep. Never mind that they are three of the fittest people on the planet and all likely have less than 10 percent body fat – they’re either severely overweight or obese. Well, at least according to their Body Mass Index (BMI).

And this isn’t unique to these three athletes.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski? Obese.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt? Obese.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott? Obese.

Los Angles Angels slugger Albert Pujols? Obese.

U.S. Olympic weightlifter Kendrick Farris? Obese.

Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow? Obese.

Even when Bo Jackson was known as the best athlete in the world, excelling in the NFL and Major League Baseball, he was 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds. According to BMI, he was also obese.

Yes. Believe it or not, all of these standout athletes who are in top physical condition have BMIs registering at 30 or above, which is considered obese.

This is great evidence of the flaws associated with BMI.

You see, BMI has nothing to do with the percentage of a person’s body fat or whether or not they have a potbelly. It simply takes a person’s height and weight, and then he or she is categorized as underweight, normal, overweight or obese. It doesn’t take into account a person’s muscle, bone density, or level of physical fitness.

Now, you may be wondering what all of this has to do with trucking.

In August, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Medical Review Board recommended that sleep apnea screening should be mandatory for all males or post-menopausal women who are age 42 or older and possess a BMI of 33 or more. For those younger than 42, a neck size of 17 or larger would be enough to make a sleep test a requirement. And you can rest assured that guys with bulky physiques like Gronkowski and Watt have neck sizes larger than 17.

This would mean that most male truck drivers with a muscular build could be required to pay for an expensive sleep study. Common sense just doesn’t apply here.

Let’s make sure Bo knows he may need a sleep study in case he decides he wants to get into trucking.