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, this is the case, 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 possess BMIs registering at 30 or above. And that registers as obese.
Bo knows football and basketball, but the Bo of the late 1980s and early 1990s didn’t know anything about being out of shape.
You see, BMI has nothing to do with the percentage of a person’s body fat or whether or not they have a pot belly. 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.
This would mean that most men age 42 or older with a muscular build would be required to pay for an expensive sleep study. Common sense just doesn’t apply here.
Surely, Bo knows this is absurd.
Mark Schremmer, staff writer, joined Land Line in 2015. An award-winning journalist and former sports editor at the Joplin Globe, he brings fresh ideas, solid reporting skills, and 16 years of journalism experience to our staff. Mark is a graduate of Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan.