BMI Takes Another Hit

According to its critics, the science of fat measurement just might wind up on the shelf with the science of phrenology.

Edmonton Obesity Staging System as BMI Alternative

Dr. Arya Sharma, who holds the opinion that “Health cannot be measured by stepping on a scale,” looked into the history of the body mass index standard of measurement. Like many other public health conventions, this one began with the military, way back in the mid-1800s. The Belgian mathematician, astronomer, and social statistician Adolphe Quételet published a […]

Doubts About BMI

Science marches on, which sometimes causes embarrassment when new information emerges. This might be the case with body mass index or BMI, which is generally taken to be the best feasible way of measuring the risk and degree of obesity in children. A downloadable PDF file from Shape Up America! describes how a screening program should […]

What Is This BMI?

What exactly is this BMI we hear so much about? A definition proffered by goes like this: Obesity is defined as an excessive amount of body fat in relation to lean body mass. This is generally calculated by physicians as body mass index (BMI), a formula that takes into account height. This is calculated […]

Feed the Enthusiasm, Part 2

For many of us when experiencing a problem, “Eat it into submission” is the answer. Rechanneling overflow mental energy to a non-destructive behavior can help.

Obesity and Comedy

What is it with comedians, obesity, and the compulsion to tell the public all about it? And here is a twist…

Obesity and Telehealth

Telehealth technology is particularly brilliant at monitoring everything from a patient’s vital signs to their food intake.

A Decade of Tech, Part 14

It might seem obvious, but one study proved that if we can keep kids from getting obese they won’t sit around so much in later life.