How Often Is B.M.I. Misleading?

NYT, 28 August 2015
Author: Albert Sun,
“As part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the agency surveyed body fat levels of over 5,000 people across the country about 10 years ago. Along with measuring people‚Äôs height and weight, researchers used a special type of density-measuring X-ray called a DXA scan to measure body fat percentage. Eleven percent who were overweight according to B.M.I. had normal body fat. The consequence is that some perfectly healthy high-B.M.I. people might be unnecessarily worried about their weight or penalized by higher insurance premiums.”
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