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The Body mass index (BMI) is a marker for health & obesity. It can be measured using the following formula: weight (kg) ÷ height² (m²)
The BMI scale cannot be applied to everyone (especially women & POC) because it was developed by studying European men — and thus does not take into account racial & sex differences.
It is also an inaccurate measure of body fat content
Research shows that BMI is a reliable estimate of health risks.
Plus, it’s convenient, cost effective, & accessible in all healthcare settings.
While there are alternatives to use in place of the BMI scale, each tool comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Thus, healthcare providers should use the available alternatives together with the BMI index to obtain a more accurate reading of their patient's health...
Using a weight-to-height index devised by Adolphe Quetelet in 1832 (the Quetelet index), Dr. Ancel Keys coined the term "body mass index" as a convenient way to mea...
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