Obesity rates: Is the Body Mass Index a good measurement?

June 1, 2014 9:01 AM

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Obesity rates: Is the Body Mass Index a good measurement?

The Body Mass Index, a scale scientists use to determine whether someone is overweight, is not the most accurate tool to determine whether one needs to lose some pounds, but it's a useful measurement when studying global populations, experts say.

"The problem with BMI is if you’re using it for yourself, on an individual basis to guide yourself as to whether you’re obese, it’s not particularly useful," said Dr. John Millar, vice-president of the Public Health Association of B.C.

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