UCSB Researchers Publish Groundbreaking Research About Body Mass Index

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In what could be the death knell for that once-vaunted measure of health known as BMI (body mass index), new research out of UC Santa Barbara and UCLA reveals that millions of Americans labeled overweight or obese based on their BMI are, in fact, “perfectly healthy.” 

According to Jeffrey Hunger, a doctoral student in UCSB’s Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, and a co-author of the paper, BMI is a deeply flawed measure of health. “In the overweight BMI category, 47 percent are perfectly healthy,” he said. “So to be using BMI as a health proxy — particularly for everyone within that category — is simply incorrect. Our study should be the final nail in the coffin for BMI.” 

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016