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I was reading an article about the various COVID vaccines the other day.

And their success rates.

All in the fairly high double digits percentage it seems.

70 to 95% the various reports and studies suggest.

When the vaccines were first in development there was talk of 50% being the minimum effectiveness that would be considered viable.

So these numbers are, obviously, considered pretty good.

But, do you know what has a much higher success rate?

But is often maligned?


Body Mass Index.

Our weight in kilos divided by our height in metres squared.

Under 18.5 is considered underweight.

18.5 to 25 “healthy”.

25 to 30 “overweight”.

Over 30 “obese”.

Many people will tell you it’s rubbish.


It “doesn’t’ consider muscle mass”.

And that “It puts most bodybuilders and rugby players down as obese”.

I used to say the same.

When it seemed like that’s what all FitPros were saying and, therefore, so should I.

And, when my own BMI was over 25.

I’ve covered the “body builder / rugby player” explanation in depth before.

Body builders / rugby players are perhaps 1% of the population.

And only a proportion of them have an “obese” BMI.

And only a proportion of them have a “non-obese” body fat percentage.

So, based on that, BMI works for 99.5+% of the population, surely?

It’s not the perfect tool, sure.

But it’s better than many will tell you.

It’s easy to look at the numbers and think “I could never get that light”.

But, every single person who’s ever been a member of RISE (we don’t attract body-builders) who has gotten down to what you might call a “slim” body fat level…………

Has ended up pretty much bang in the middle of that 18.5 to 25 BMI range.

Most surprised with how light they’ve ended up.

Realising they were carrying more body fat than they realised.

When I got really lean for my 40th, my BMI was 22.4.

It’s normally around 23.5 now.

And that’s with reasonable muscle levels.

I’d have to gain 3 stone 9lbs to get to an “obese” BMI.

Without the use of steroids (what bodybuilders take to get that big) I don’t see that happening without a fair proportion of it being body fat.

As always, we can do what we like.

Take the vaccine or not.

Have whatever BMI we like.

But knowing that BMI isn’t as inaccurate as many will tell us…………

And that if we have a high BMI, there is a very, very good chance we have body fat we could lose if we choose to…………..

Puts us in a better position for making those choices (and realising that they are choices) then dismissing it completely does.

Much love,

JCW Hall

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.