The only mechanical advantage that BMI has had over FORE Score up until now was that there were no mathematical calculations required to generate a BMI Score. Enter your height, body weight, gender, and age into the online calculator, and bingo, out pops a BMI Score. But the Pull Your Own Weight Foundation announced today that BMI’s one and only temporary advantage has suddenly come to a screeching halt. Check it out.
The new Online FORE Score Calculator allows parents, teachers, nurses, youth program directors, pediatricians, general practitioners, and/or anyone else who’s interested in accurate body comp feedback* to record 3 simple measurements, pop this info into the new online calculator, and within a heartbeat participants will have their own personalized FORE Scores.
Why a FORE Score Instead of BMI?
So what does a FORE Score tell you that BMI does not? Well, in bottom line terms a FORE Score tells you how close you are to being able to do at least one conventional pull up (which is a 100% FORE Score). And as most people intuitively know, the odds of anyone who can do pull ups being obese are remote, minute, if not impossible.*
So for example, a .75 FORE Score tells you that you’re three quarters of the way to the finish line. And with a little more time and effort you‘ll cross that finish line and you will have armed yourself against obesity for life as long as you maintain the ability (which takes less than 30 seconds a week in order to prove that you’re avoiding obesity).
On the other hand, if you have a .50 FORE Score, you’re halfway home and crossing that finish line will probably take a little longer than your friend with the .75 FORE Score. But like everything else in life, it’s NOT where you start that counts. It’s where you FINISH! And even if it takes a little longer, in the long run when you’ve completed the task, both you and your friends will have armed yourselves against obesity for life by learning and maintaining the ability to do pull ups.
But Here’s FORE Score’s Big Advantage
But here’s the most important consideration. The motivation that’s built into knowing exactly what you have to do in order to eliminate America’s Number One Health Threat from your life forever is monumental. And by virtue of making just a little progress week after week, month after month, all year long, you’ll have the tangible return on your investment (ROI) of time and effort required to KEEP YOU MOTIVATED until you finally cross that finish line and step into the winners circle with the rest of your friends.
In the end beating childhood obesity is all about systematically motivating kids to do what they need to do in order to win this battle, one child, one family, one classroom, one school at a time across the world. And to the degree we successfully motivate kids to take this kind of responsibility for their own lives, we all win. To the degree we fail to motivate kids, we all fail. And because it’s so tangible and so understandable instead of so intangible and so abstract, FORE Score motivates kids in a way that BMI never will. It’s just quicker and easier with the new body comp calculator.
*FORE Score also reflects accurate body composition feedback in a way that BMI cannot.