Indiana 8th grader's response to BMI assignment goes viral


The assignment was to calculate your Body Mass Index and answer questions about it, and the response from an eighth grade Indiana girl is going viral.

BMI measures body fat based on height and weight. The resulting number defines someone as underweight, thin, healthy, overweight or obese.

Tessa Embry of Evansville calculated her BMI and was considered obese.

Embry is a catcher for the school's softball team, not someone you would consider obese.

So, she did some research and wrote a criticalm two-page essay directed at her teacher.

She wrote about how BMI doesn't separate muscle from fat for someone who is athletic.

"I am just beginning to love my body, like I should, and I'm not going to let some outdated calculator and a middle school gym teacher tell me I'm obese, because I'm not," she said. "My BMI is none of your concern because my body and BMI are perfect and beautiful just the way they are."

A family friend posted the essay to Facebook and it's since gone viral.

The school's response has been a positive one. They said her discomfort led to a terrific discussion.