Obese in this case is determined by BMI. BMI is a number never meant to measure an individual, it was meant to be a rule of thumb for statistically determining obesity in large groups. Oddly, when BMI is abblied to me, I am obese . This is especially odd as my body is that of an athlete and I am not flabby in the least. Ergo, BMI is being used incorrectly for political purposes or out of ignorance.