You’ve probably heard of the BMI (Body Mass Index), which is a tool commonly used to determine if a person is at a healthy weight.
There’s a problem with that method – it is a simple height-to-weight ratio, and does not take into consideration one’s body composition. Athletes and bodybuilders with low body fat often are labeled as overweight or even obese on the BMI scale because they carry a lot of muscle.
Despite its flaws, the BMI has been used as a standard measure of individual health for years.
A recent study showed that using BMI to gauge health incorrectly labels an estimated 74,936,678 adults in the US as cardiometabolically unhealthy or cardiometabolically healthy.
Of that number, 54 million Americans have been classified as “unhealthy,” even though they are not.
Now, the results of a new study are in, and more serious flaws with using BMI as a health measure were revealed.
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