body mass index
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
As a result, some parents may have "a false sense of reassurance" that their child is not obese, and that they do not need
The study, "Facial Affective Reactions to Bitter-Tasting Foods and Body Mass Index in Adults" [pdf], featured in international
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.
Kristen Grasso of Naples, Fla., recently received a letter from her 11-year-old's school district suggesting her daughter
“I know I’m not obese so I didn’t really care about the letter. I just crumpled it up,” Cam Watson, who is 4 feet 7 inches
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.