A 40-year-old member asked:

Is body mass index an accurate way to evaluate someone's health?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
BMI: alone does not provide a lot of info about the person's health.
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Dr. Louise Andrew
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But it is a good start! Some are suggesting that this should even be considered a "vital sign" (like blood pressure and temperature), because we are as a culture becoming oblivious to our obesity, something that is as bad for your body as diabetes, smoking, or hypertension. If it is high, it is time to start thinking about your dietary and exercise habits.
May 25, 2015
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Provided original answer
Good points. Thanks Dr. Andrew.
May 25, 2015

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