Tag Archives: body mass index

Finding New Ways to Measure Obesity

The current measurement for classifying obesity in the United States is flawed.  Earlier this month research emerged suggesting that overweight people have a lower risk of mortality than normal weight people. Criticism of the study flared from other experts, placing the blame on the current, often unreliable body mass index, or BMI. The trouble with […]

USPSTF Orders Docs to Screen for Obesity

If you have ever wondered why you don’t know your BMI or even what BMI means, it may be because many doctors do not include an assessment of BMI in their consultations. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued guidelines to practitioners to begin informing patients of their BMI and discussing the risks of […]

New Study Leads CDC to Declare Obesity Epidemic Worse than Realized

If you are a healthcare professional, you may be avidly aware of the standard of measurement for classifying underweight, normal weight, overweight and obesity in people – BMI or body mass index.  As a healthcare professional, you likely use this standard of measurement to help your clients quantify and compare their weight or you toss […]