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BMI: is it time to switch to a new method to measure obesity?

There is a clear flaw in the way that BMI categorises people into ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ weight groups. So, is it time to start using a new method to measure overweight and obesity in clinical practice?

There is a clear flaw in the way that BMI categorises people into ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ weight groups. So, is it time to start using a new method to measure overweight and obesity in clinical practice?

One third of people with a healthy body mass index (BMI) are obese and at high risk of cardiometabolic diseases, according to a new study by researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU).1 The study found that obesity with ‘normal weight’ is much more common that previously assumed, and the authors are now calling for clinicians to move away from measuring BMI and towards measuring body fat percentage. The problem with BMI BMI is a measure widely used in clinical practice to determine whether a patient is a healthy weight for their height. [rml_read_more] The index uses a simple mathematical formula

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