The Bizarre and Racist History of the BMI

Body Mass Index has been used in recent decades as a referendum on individual health. But it was never meant to be.

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A woman checking her weight on a scale.
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II walk out of the doctor’s office, swiftly folding my after-visit summary packet and tucking it under my arm. If I don’t, the strangers in the waiting room will see its bold lettering in an oversized…

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