One of my Tumblr crushes, Katie, posted yesterday about an online test that tells you your "real age," versus your chronological age. So, of course, I immediately clicked over and took the test.
I was a little worried, mostly because of my high BMI, but also because Katie is healthy and athletic and she got a real age result that was a couple years higher than her actual age, so I was envisioning the thing telling me that I am 50 in terms of health and if I don't fix things soon I will age to 80 over the course of the next three years.
But I took the test anyway, and entered in all this info about my health, including metrics like cholesterol, blood pressure, and resting heart rate, plus health conditions and family history, and then a ton of questions about diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Then I waited for my results, telling myself that I'd be happy with anything in the 20s.
And... it said that I have a "real age" of 22.9. Almost exactly three years younger than I actually am.
Now, I have to say, I think this is a flawed test. I mean, my BMI is high. And while I generally have a pretty healthy lifestyle, and I eat pretty well and I exercise regularly, and I don't drink or smoke or engage in high-risk behaviors... I am no Ironman, you know? I have a lot of weight left to lose and I don't work out seven days a week and I don't eat enough vegetables and my grandmother had breast cancer. How could this test say that Katie, who is so healthy, is several years older than her actual age, and then tell me that I am several years younger? It just doesn't make sense.
But still, ridiculous as it was, it made me feel better about my health. Like oh, it's not just me who sees this health indicators as being meaningful. And oh, maybe my BMI isn't the be-all and end-all that all those people who love to scream and shriek about the obesity crisis would have you believe. Maybe it's just one piece of a much broader picture. That's what I've always thought, but I wouldn't have thought that a website like this would agree.
Anyway! Now I want to find out if it skews down for everyone and Katie just somehow gave an answer that upset the test. So! Go take the test, and then come back here and tell me what it said your real age is compared to your actual age, and what you think about it. I'm dying to hear what everyone's results are!
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