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Stop Looking at BMI (Body Mass Index)! It’s a poor measure of health…

Even Doctors are doing this wrong…

About a year ago (April, 2021) I shared a bunch of articles regarding weight and health – you can see it here (Click HERE) – this covers a lot of myths about weight. 

…and I just saw a complementary article about Body Mass Index. 

Body Mass Index wasn’t even DESIGNED for Medical Use!

Nearly 200 years ago, Adolphe Quetelet, a mathematician and astronomer, proposed a simple equation based upon his studies of the “normal man.” In the 1940s, Louis I. Dublin, the vice president of Metropolitan Life Insurance, used Quetelet’s index to develop tables to predict the increased death rate (and resulting insurance payout) of obese policyholders.1 Neither of these men attended medical school.

Quetelet’s theories were based on probability and statistics, not on medicine or research. He applied his equation among sexes and genders indiscriminately. Dublin’s data were based upon a population that could afford insurance during and directly after the Great Depression—namely rich, white men. – Alexandra J. Stang

A few of the ways BMI is misused:

  • Patients who feel discriminated against for their weight may avoid seeking elective or even necessary medical attention.
  • Patients who feel judged by their primary care physicians are less likely to successfully lose weight.
  • These patients also experience higher rates of low self-esteem and depression

All of these reduce the likelihood of correcting obesity problems (which are an issue in the world!)

This is a short list. Insurance companies misuse BMI and give healthy people higher rates, it’s not a measure of body fat %, etc…

Here are some other summary articles to review:

So while your Doc may be focused on BMI still, you can educate yourself on more important health measures and spread the word to others!






Ch. Master Greg Moody, Ph.D.

P.S. A lot of the studies in the article (you can look up the specific research in the articles) were done on women only but should apply more generally to men because the measurements of health are the same. and KarateBuilt Martial Arts have been selected the nation’s #1 martial arts schools for EIGHT YEARS IN A ROW!

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P.P.S. From Chief Master Moody – as everybody knows my favorite TV character is Herman Munster from the Munsters… HIS BMI would be CRAZY big but (other than being a Munster) he was healthy! :)