For nearly 1 in 5 Americans, BMI may tell the wrong story

August 24, 2013 1:02 AM

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For nearly 1 in 5 Americans, BMI may tell the wrong story

Wrong, say a pair of University of Pennsylvania physicians and obesity researchers who are calling for better ways to assess individual health prospects than the body mass index, or BMI.

The BMI--a simple calculation that can be done with a scale and a ruler--is cheap, simple and allows comparisons of broad populations across years, cultures and continents. Since it was invented by Belgian mathematician Adolphe Quetelet in 1832, it has been the basis for research that has pointed ov...

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