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Body Mass Index

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

www.aarp.org | 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...

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.

Why BMI Isn't The Best Measure Of A Healthy Weight

Men's Health | Adam Eaglin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The next time you happen to catch a Minnesota Vikings game, take a look at Adrian Peterson, the team's 6'1, 217-pound running back. Now ask yourse...

A Supreme Court Justice Can be Fat and Fit

Arthur Agatston, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arthur Agatston, M.D.

I can't speak for whether our Supreme Court candidates are fat and fit or not. But I can tell you not to judge a book (or a judge) by its cover.

Drive Down Healthcare Costs By Driving Down Obesity

Duncan Quirk | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Duncan Quirk

While Obama outline ways in which the American people have already made and continue to make sacrifices, he's missed out on the opportunity to ask for a sacrifice of time, energy, and our excess weight.

Fattening Up Fashion Models

Russ Wellen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russ Wellen

Is legislation the answer to ending anorexia in the fashion world? Europe has begun to recoil from an industry that sees "hunger to succeed" as literal.