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How BMI Came to Define Obesity, and Why This Measure Is Flawed

April 19, 2021

From the Everyday Health website

Body mass index is a common measure of body weight, but for certain people, it’s not an accurate health marker.

Many people have been there: You go to the doctor’s office, get your blood pressure, height, and weight taken, and the doctor relays the unfortunate news: Your BMI is too high, and you need to lose weight.

BMI, or body mass index, has long been used as a way to assess body weight in the United States. The federal government uses the calculation to track obesity rates nationwide, and according to this scale, 42.4 percent of American adults age 20 and older are obese, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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