Thursday, February 11, 2016

BMI tells an incomplete story of obesity

Doctors use Body Mass Index - or BMI - to assess a person's level of body fat.

But new research from UCLA says this screening tool misclassifies a lot of people.

Some are told they're obese when they're actually healthy, based on other factors.

Others might be told they have a healthy weight, when they have underlying medical problems.

Southern California Public Radio's health reporter Rebecca Plevin has been looking into the hullabaloo surrounding the BMI.

She's here to explain why you might want to take your BMI with… a grain of salt.

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