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Does the BMI Index relay stand for the 'Baloney Mass Index' ?

Posted May 03 2010 9:48am

Measure_280_514557a 23 percent...that's the number of Americans who are currently labeled obese by the BMI (Body Mass Index).

BMI also the way that many endurance athletes use to judge their fat and to some extant fitness level.

But some doctors believe that BMI Index is seriously flawed as way to quantify obesity and body fat both here in America and around the world.

Scoffing at BMI as the "baloney mass index," Dr. Eric Braverman of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center said it's "very likely that obesity is a much bigger epidemic than the 300 million people world wide considered to be obese.

According to ABC News :

"In a single-center study, 66 percent of patients classified as obese on the basis of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scanning had BMI values in the non-obese range. Among more than 1,000 patients, 56 percent were obese according to the DEXA results, versus 20 percent using the standard BMI-based definitions."

Dr. Braverman recently presented these finds at a meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in Boston.

He said that the BMI is just a mathematics formula and based solely on height and weigh, and that it is just way too general as a scientific measure of obesity.

"If any endocrinologist would rely on math to calculate thyroid stimulating hormone, for instance, he would be laughed at," Braverman said.

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