Obesity and BMI

BMI, or body mass index, is one of many methods doctors employ to determine if an individual is deemed “healthy” or not. By taking a person’s height and weight and entering it into a calculator, that digit determines whether an individual is in the underweight, normal, or overweight range. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a person with a BMI more than 30 is obese, and while there are a majority of programs enacted to combat obesity, having a high BMI is not always negative. The following link below at ideas.time.com demonstrates how being clinically obese due to a high BMI doesn’t necessarily mean a person is unhealthy. Ultimately rather than relying solely on BMI to determine health, professionals should support eating a well rounded diet and participating in weekly exercise as better reflections of true well being.

http://ideas.time.com/2013/06/24/if-obesity-is-a-disease-why-are-so-many-obese-people-healthy/?hpt=hp_bn18

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