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Aug 27, 2020

The Body Mass Index is an outdated model of measurement that was never meant for individuals. And yet your height and weight are recorded and used to determine if you’re healthy or not by your doctors and insurance companies. But did you know that it was created by a mathematician? And the original data collected was only on white men? Yeah, me neither, which is why today we’re diving deep into the BMI and why it’s totally BS.

In this episode, I share...

  • Why the BMI is BS
  • The science and history behind the calculation
  • And why it does more harm than good 

All the links:

- The BMI Is Racist And Useless. Here's How To Measure Health Instead by Christine Byrne

- The Bizarre and Racist History of the BMI

- Widely Used Body Fat Measurements Overestimate Fatness In African-Americans, Study Finds

- Garabed Eknoyan, Adolphe Quetelet (1796–1874)—the average man and indices of obesity, Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, Volume 23, Issue 1, January 2008, Pages 47–51

- Fat Is Not the Problem—Fat Stigma Is

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