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Tale of the tape

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson boasts a body mass index befitting a runner, according to today's Washington Post, which surveyed the Senate for a story headlined, Measuring the Body Politic.

According to the National Institutes of Health, BMI measures body fat based on height and weight. But only 8 Senate offices complied with the newspaper's request for their bosses' stats.

Nelson, whom spokesman Bryan Gulley called an "avid runner," clocks in at 23.9 (5-9, 162). Other senators complying with the Post's request included: Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), 22.2. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), 22.5 (6-foot-4, 185 pounds). Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), 23.1 (6-0, 170), Wayne Allard (R-Colo), 23.5 (6-1, 178), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), 24.5 (5-11, 176), Craig Thomas (R-Wyo.), 24.7 (6-1, 187) and George Allen (R-Va.), 26.3 (6-3 3/4 , 215). "It's all muscle!" spokesman John Reid told the newspaper.

See the entire story here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/29/AR2006082901281.html

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