Thursday, January 25, 2007


Yesterday I forgot the necessary condition before embarking on a long rant about...anything. Namely, make sure somebody is listening.

Oh well.


At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Tiffany said...

Hey, I read it. But, my brain was already signing off for the night, so comments had to wait until today. I absolutely agree with you. BMI's are unreliable in many instances and to publish accredited reports or articles based upon using the BMI scale on atheletes is nothing short of ludicrous.

At 10:27 PM, Blogger Ian said...


So someone did hear and agree with my rant -- I feel better.

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At 8:54 AM, Blogger The Anonymous Medical Student said...

mwwahhhhh! I think BMI's aren't always useful..never put too much stock in them!

At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read it, too. It's hysterical but it's also a little self-defensive, whether you meant it to be or not.

Some people fundamentally don't understand that drive to achieve--whether it's pushing your body or your intellect or your creativity. They want everything to be safe, and proportionate, and dumbed down so they do not have to deal with the fact that intellect, talent, tenacity, and hard work can distinguish people. They are uncomfortable with the raw, unadulterated ambition that is required to accomplish the remarkable. So they criticize people willing to do what it takes. Imagine what those purportedly do-gooder parents and school administrators supporting the slouch toward mediocrity would say about you NSG housestaff guys. Your whole lives are about sacrificing what is optimal for the express purpose of being exceptional. Compared to what is "ideal" for the average person, you get considerably less sleep, less food, less personal time and fulfillment, and less relaxation while being subjected to considerably more professional stress and abuse. You even make less than minimum wage (the most baseline "optimal" standard in society), if you divide the real number of hours your work by your annual salary. No wonder you think these BMI alarmists are nuts. Their misapplication of the BMI scale is the least of the disconnect. They fundamentally don't understand--or are afraid of--what it takes to be excellent. And there are a lot of people out there like that, who promote mediocrity over achievement through a gospel of entitlement to the "optimal."

At 6:36 AM, Blogger Ian said...

EXACTLY! Thanks, 'anonymous.' ;)


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