body mass index
Body mass index numbers don't give a full picture of well-being, and they yield to discrimination against marginalized bodies.
It's incapable of measuring the most important health markers.
Never mind what you thought you knew about body mass index.
Lesson learned? Charts are useful, but should never replace common sense and simple observation.
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The "normal weight" range isn't the healthiest for every person.
A personal trainer tells HuffPost Live how you should really use your body mass index.
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?
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.