The Truth About Your BMI

September 9, 2013

In continuing coverage, Women's Health magazine's website reports that the best way to check if your weight is healthy may not necessarily be to calculate your body-mass index (BMI), according to a perspective recently published in the journal Science: It argues that BMI isn't an accurate measure of metabolic health. In the perspective, two researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine write that BMI doesn't tell the whole story. "The fact is that BMI basically reflects your weight and height," says co-author Rexford Ahima, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of medicine and the director of the Obesity Unit in the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism. A few of the many things it does not reflect: your family history, muscle mass, and where your excess fat is located.

Women's Health magazine article