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How useful is body mass index (BMI)?

September 10, 2021

From the Medical News Today website

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Researchers in population studies, doctors, personal trainers, and others use the BMI in their work.

However, BMI has some important flaws. For example, it does not measure overall fat or lean tissue (muscle) content.

BMI is derived from a simple math formula. Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet, a Belgian astronomer, mathematician, statistician, and sociologist, devised it in the 1830s.

It aims to estimate whether a person has a healthy weight by dividing their weight in kilograms (kg) by their height in meters (m) squared.

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