The BMI Pit

June 12th, 2013 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

Arya Sharma has an excellent post today on an article detailing the weakness of using the Body Mass Index in clinical practice. Readers of the Downey Obesity Report will be familiar with some of the criticism. In addition to its weakness as a clinical tool, the BMI has even greater, in my opinion, weaknesses in the policy arena as it is used by the Food and Drug Administration to classify appropriate usage of drugs and medical devices, in the reimbursement arena or in the recent fight over employer wellness plans.