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The problem with the BMI (Body Mass Index) for determining obesity.

The problem with the BMI (Body Mass Index) for determining obesity. The BMI has been a one-size-fits-all gospel idea that unless we are within a certain range, we may be unhealthy in weight and size. As many of us are realizing, one size fits all healthcare doesn’t and someone can be heavier, and more muscular but have a higher body mass index that is out of sync with how healthy they are. The national institutes of health offer their calculator here https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm Enter your weight and height and it will tell you whether you are overweight or not. BMI Categories: Read More »

Why the BMI may be a nonsensical one size fits all measure of our healthy weight.

Why the BMI may be a nonsensical one size fits all measure of our healthy weight. BMI stands for body mass index. Doctors’ offices, scales, and even personal trainers have relied on this measurement which is determined by the following formula; Take your weight (in kilograms), and divide by the square of your height (in meters). As described in a recent article in the NY Times, “The result, which slots you into one of four main categories, is meant to describe your body in a single word or two: underweight (B.M.I. less than 18.5), normal weight (18.5 to 24.9), overweight Read More »