National Institutes of Health changed what it means to be overweight, defining it as a BMI (body mass index) of 25 or greater for adults. The cut-off had been 28 for men and 27 for women, so suddenly about 29 million Americans who had been considered normal became overweight even though they hadn’t gained an ounce. what is the real meaning of BMI and to note its potential drawbacks: labelling some healthy people as overweight or obese who are not overly fat, and failing to distinguish between dangerous and innocuous distributions of body fat. Many people with BMI levels at the low end of normal are less healthy than those now considered overweight. And some people who are overly fat according to their BMI are just as healthy as those considered to be of normal weight. Tune in for the real information of BMI.
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