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BMI – Bogus Measurement Index. Time to get real on fat

Have you been told that you’re obese or overweight and know that it can’t be right? I have.

Last year, during a routine primary care check-up, one of the clinical assistants measured my height and weight. It was mid-spring, and I was in pretty good shape at the time. In fact, I had just gotten a DEXA scan (It’s a body fat measurement that we will explore later.) as part of a health evaluation. It was a stellar 9%. I was feeling good!

I was 6’3” and 200 pounds and had recently scored a favorable 9% body fat. As the medical assistant left the office, she handed me a sheet of paper that focused on achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight. Wait…what? This can’t be right?…

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