Today in studies discovering things we already know, there’s a new helpful one you can link to prove a point to a friend.
In a recent study about BMI from the International Journal of Obesity, researchers confirmed that calculating BMI (Body Mass Index), can’t correctly define someone’s health. In short, BMI numbers do not take the place of health markers and ultimately aren’t so helpful.
They found that the problem with calculating BMI is that it doesn’t investigate a person’s internal health. Instead, it labels people as “underweight”, “normal”, “overweight”, and “obese” based on height and the number of the scale. This study actually argues that doctors need to look beyond a patient’s heigh and weight to fully examine the health of their patients. Go figure.
I’m no doctor but, it doesn’t seem very logically sound to use two physical attributes to determine health. Along with developing alternative ways to help determine people’s health, perhaps we can give this method a rest.