The problem with BMI – and why ‘health at every size’ is a better obesity strategy
Tackling obesity is about tackling inequalities and stigma. Scrapping BMI is a good first step
It was refreshing to hear the recent recommendations from parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee to scrap body mass index (BMI) as a measure of individual health and instead use the ‘health at every size’ approach.
Women experience higher levels of weight stigmatisation than men, even at a lower excess weight. The report acknowledges important marginalised voices and considers the physical and psychological ramifications of bias and stigma.
BMI was created using data from European white men
We use BMI – a weight-to-height ratio – as a tool to measure obesity. Correlations indicate that the higher the BMI the greater the risk
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