Body Mass Index (BMI) is Racist and Useless

Huffington Post: July 23, 2020 -

Sabrina Strings, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, says that the popular health index used to indicate healthy lifestyle, behaviors, diet, etc is actually racist and useless based on its homogenous origins. "It is racist, and also sexist, to use mostly white men within your study population and then try to extrapolate that and create norms and expectations for women and people of color,” Strings told HuffPost. “They have not been included in the initial clinical analyses, and therefore their actual health outcomes cannot be determined by these findings.”In short, the way BMI is being used is unscientific because of its origins and the homogenous population it was created from. Inclusive Viewpoint: 'Don't invite me to the table after the table has already been set'. This statement applies to the BMI as well. Principles of diversity and inclusion must exist in medical trials, tests, research and studies that are applied to diverse populations.

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