The BMI Controversy

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Without a BMI chart, a doctor can surmise that a patient with anorexia nervosa is malnourished and someone who is morbidly obese likely has weight related disorders.

Ineffective By Design

Body Mass Index (BMI) was designed by Belgian mathematician Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet, not to determine whether an individual person is healthy. It was a statistical formula for gauging characteristics of geographic populations.

Because of how Quetelet came up with with the formula, if a person is fat or obese, he or she will have a high BMI. But, it doesn’t work the other way round. A high BMI does not necessarily equate with obesity. Height and the manner in which people carry their weight is a factor missing from the BMI chart.

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