Nanny’s Blubber Bootcamp — 3 Comments

  1. "Overweight bordering on obesity?"

    Are you sure you are not looking at the BMI chart for a Maasai tribesman?

  2. When the Navy first instituted it's "anti-fat" program back in the middle '80s, every swinging dick (staff and students, enlisted and officers) at my shore duty station had to get their BMI measured (didn't even know I had one–where exactly is it?). As one of the senior instructors at the base I was no exception.

    Now, it should be noted that this was all brand new stuff to the Navy and some high mucky-mucks in some high office came up with this brandy new BMI formula to be used when measuring a guys' BMI (no, no, put that back in your pants that's not your BMI!).

    So, no big deal–at least for me. When it came to my turn at having my BMI measured (still didn't know what it was or where it was located) I waltzed my 6 foot tall (back then), 140 pound self into the main office at Submarine School thinking that this wasn't going to be a problem at all. I mean, I was so skinny that if I turned sideways I disappeared. Unless I stuck out my tongue that is.

    At least, that's what I thought.

    Suffice it to say that due to a Master Chief who thought he knew what he was doing and a bunch of high ranking flunkies who thought their formula was correct, my BMI showed me to be overweight. I'm standing there skinny as the proverbial rail and my BMI, as measured and by the formula, showed me to be overweight.

    I was assigned to remedial PT (Physical Training) as a result which is a fancy way of saying I was assigned mandatory time in the gym exercising my BMI off until it slimmed down to the point where I vanished entirely. I walked into the gym, the PT instructor took one look at me (I looked pretty starved in gym shorts back then) and asked what the f&%# I was doing there. I told him my BMI was overweight–biggest laugh he'd had in years he.

    He was still laughing when sent me away (bastard made me do pushups and sit ups just to say he did), contacted the main office and the Master Chief looked rather sheepish from then on every time he saw me. They never let him live that one down.

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