For those who have been involved with weight training in particular, BMI does not tell the whole story. Muscle is more dense than fat, pound for pound. Athletes with very little body fat have often tipped the BMI scale in the overweight or even obese category because of their well-developed physiques. We need to use new metrics to assess fitness. The BMI fails.
The LA Times has published another awesome article, this time taking aim at BMI. The article headline states “For nearly 1 in 5 Americans, BMI may tell the wrong story”. Although one of the main studies actually places the misdiagnosis statistic closer to 2 in 5 Americans, I have to give the LA Times credit for posting this story which goes on to detail something that many of us in the HAES (R) universe already know: BMI is not a good predictor of individual health. In short:
Having a high BMI does not mean you have poor metabolic health. Having a low BMI does not mean you have good metabolic health.
So why is this important? Well for a lot of reasons. First off, if your doctor is using BMI to determine whether or not you should get further screenings or tests, he or she is using an extremely…
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