Does Your B.M.I. Paint an Accurate Picture?

For years people have been using their B.M.I. (Body Mass Index) as an indicator for healthy weight.  Calculating your B.M.I. is relatively simple – divide your weight in kilograms (pounds) by the square of your height in meters (feet).  This will give you a two digit number which many people use to determine if you are at a healthy weight.  Unfortunately this calculation doesn’t take all aspects of weight into consideration – for example, the difference between fatty tissue and lean muscle.

 

The New York Times recently wrote an article tackling this very issue.  Jane Brody does an excellent job explaining the flaws in using the B.M.I. calculation as your sole measure of obesity.  She also suggests alternative methods for evaluating your weight.

Click here to read the article.

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