The Very Problematic Origins of the Body Mass Index

BMI’s roots in astronomy, sketchy statistics, life insurance — and not health

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When it comes to the Body Mass Index or BMI, have we been following an extremely flawed formula from the 1800s created by an astronomer?

The BMI seems to have become the standard of what “optimal health” looks like. You may…



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Jamie Logie

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Some health, a little marketing, and a lot of 1980s content