The Doctors: Should Your BMI Determine Your Health?
New research suggests that using body mass index, or BMI, to determine a healthy body weight, may not actually be as accurate as once believed. BMI has been used to determine a person’s overall health but calculating whether they’re overweight or obese. Some companies even used their employees’ BMI’s as a factor in determining health care costs. A new study found that using BMI to determine health, would label more than 54 million Americans unhealthy, even when they’re not. Scientists in the study also found that 47% of overweight people and 29% of obese people were considered unhealthy, based only on their BMI, but when compared to other health factors like blood pressure, they were metabolically healthy.