Should BMI be Scrapped as a Measure of Health?
Dave at the a href="http://www.thecrisper.com/"Crisper Blog /asays it's time a href="http://thecrisper.com/index.php/2006/08/18/bmi-useless-msm-confirms/"to scap the Body Mass Index /a(BMI) as a way of calculating obesity or health. I have to say that I agree. My BMI is fairly low (20) but I've had heart problems and BMI seems to have little correlation to the amount of actual body fat one has--a linebacker who has huge muscles and little body fat could easily be obese by the standards of BMI.br /br /I recently had my body fat tested--you know, when they pull out the a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/B0007ZAM1Utag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325" body fat calipers/aimg src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B0007ZAM1U" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" / and pinch different areas of your body to see how much fat you have--I was amazed at how high mine was. I won't bore you with the exact percentage, but let's just say that my body has a lot in common with a 200 pound woman. I have no idea why my body fat is so high--the lowest it has ever been (17%) was after I gave birth to my daughter. I have always been a bit of an anomaly so I don't take these tests too seriously. Unfortunately, many insurance companies and doctors do and this makes for a lot of discrimination against people who are in otherwise good health and not necessarily obese.
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