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Body Mass Index

Forget BMI. Here's A Better Tool To Measure Your Health.

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 03.09.2016 | Healthy Living

Body mass index, everyone's least favorite health indicator, took another hit this week in a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The s...

Shrinking Into Obesity

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 02.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Lesson learned? Charts are useful, but should never replace common sense and simple observation.

Let's Go Red For Women and Encourage Our Loved Ones to Schedule a Well-Woman Visit

American Heart Association | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
American Heart Association

Overall, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Hispanic and African-American women who focus on seven health factors can improve their overall cardiovascular health and reduce their chances of heart disease and stroke. Going to the doctor for a well-woman visit is a great place to start.

Avoiding the February 7 "Fitness Cliff"

Don McNay | Posted 01.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Don McNay

In her landmark book Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness, former New York Times columnist J. C. Herz notes that Gold's Gym has statistically identified February 7 as the "Fitness Cliff," when checks in at the gym take a steep drop.

Can Your BMI Predict How Long You'll Live?

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.27.2016 | Healthy Living

Body mass index (BMI) is a common measure of body fat, but new research shows that having a BMI in the "normal weight" range is not always the healthi...

Why BMI Is 'Not The Best Tool' For Determining Fitness

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living

The August 2015 issue of Women's Running magazine featured a plus-size model on its cover, defying standards for what "fit" looks like. Personal train...

Why Body Mass Index Is Wrong for So Many People

David Belk | Posted 07.01.2016 | Healthy Living
David Belk

Now the risks of obesity are real. But can we rely on a single number to tell us if someone is overweight? How reliable is BMI really?

Catching Dick: Not Why We Care About Weight

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.04.2016 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

We are sold the idea that remaining slim is primarily important as a means of attracting the opposite sex, rather than as a path to good health and longevity.

An Open Letter to the President of France

August McLaughlin | Posted 06.07.2015 | Women
August McLaughlin

Many women with eating disorders, including models, partake in dangerous tactics to maintain a slimmer physique -- yet aren't underweight by BMI standards. In some ways, focusing on "the numbers" perpetuates the damaging notion that they matter most.

Does This Weight Chart Make Me Look Fat?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.23.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

My doctor gave me one of those heart-to-heart talks: You need to lose some weight and exercise more, he said. The "or else" was implied. I know that being overweight increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and a million other bad things. But I just had to ask: Am I really overweight?

Study Says Measuring BMI Might Not Be The Best Way To Diagnose Childhood Obesity

Posted 06.27.2014 | Parents

By: By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 06/27/2014 08:52 AM EDT on LiveScience Some children who have a normal body mass index (BMI) mi...

Are Your Taste Buds Making You Fat?

Alison Spiegel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

The causes of weight gain and obesity are layered and complex, with numerous, interrelated factors playing key roles. A new study linking higher body ...

Latest Research on Tobacco Use and Health Care Cost Has Global Implications

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

High BMI and smoking remain among the top three risk factors that contribute to the highest burden of disease in Western Europe and the U.S., and the research mentioned above highlights this issue and discusses potential solutions, with implications far beyond South Africa.

LOOK: Why One Mom's Upset Over Letter Her Daughter Received

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.08.2013 | Parents

One mother is worried this won't be good for a pre-teen's self-image. Kristen Grasso of Naples, Fla., recently received a letter from her 11-year-...

Katherine Bindley

'Fat Letters' Sent Home By Schools Outrage Parents | Katherine Bindley | Posted 02.28.2013 | Parents

They're being called "fat letters"-- notes mailed home from schools in North Andover, Mass., to alert parents that their child qualifies as obese. ...

The Big Oversight in Our Obesity Conversation

Andy Bellatti | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

My biggest concern is that solely focusing on weight impedes the health movement's progress. Such a clinical and quantitative frame gives very little thought to -- and leaves no room for a conversation about -- socio-political and environmental factors that pose a threat to our health.

Want to Lose Weight? Measure Your Height!

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 03.05.2013 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Nowadays, simply knowing how much you weigh isn't enough information to be as healthy as you can be. You need to know your height, since the relationship of weight to height is critically important in determining your overall health.

What the U.S. Can -- And Can't -- Learn From Israel's Ban on Ultra-Thin Models

The Atlantic | Posted 05.09.2012 | Women

On Monday, March 19, the Israeli parliament passed legislation ubiquitously known in the country as the Photoshop laws. The new regulations on the fas...

Meditating Your Way To A Slimmer Figure?

Forbes | Posted 12.16.2011 | Fifty

A group of researchers at UC San Francisco have conducted a study indicating that meditation could be a key in helping people to control their dietary...

Why Those Extra 10 Pounds May Be Good For You | Posted 11.22.2011 | Fifty

The day after Thanksgiving, a collective groan goes up when millions of Americans step on the bathroom scale. Most of us who won't see 40 again are fa...

Better Than BMI? Scientists Develop New Way To Measure Fat

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Scientists have developed a new way to measure whether a person is too fat without having people step on the scale. The new measure, called the Bod...

Treating Doctors the Way We Treat Teachers (Part Two)

Shaun Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

In order for the United States to remain economically competitive and "win our future," so to speak, we must ensure that we have and maintain a healthy workforce.

Is Fashion Week Bad For Body Image?

Robert Tornambe, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Tornambe, M.D.

We must change our perception of beauty and choose realistic role models. We also must abandon the notion that youth is the only path towards beauty.

The States With The Worst Eating Habits

24/7 Wall Street | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Americans are fat and getting fatter by the year. Recent data reported in medical journal Lancet showed that BMI (Body Mass Index), a recognized measu...

Students Graded on Their Body Mass Index: a Scale as Arbitrary as Some Value-Added Teacher Scores

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

In a world of high-stakes measures, this one really takes the cake. Until this week, an elementary school has been using students' Body Mass Index measurements as part of their physical fitness grades.