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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (
Subject:         Re: accuracy of bmi tables
Date: July 22, 2008 at 10:53 am PST

In Reply to: accuracy of bmi tables posted by lianna on July 22, 2008 at 5:24 am:

Hi Lianna

BMI is a "marker" & things like BMI, & other "markers" are really most useful as either a screening tool &/or when evaluating populations of people over a period of time. They are based on populations and do not directly apply to anyone person but provide us with what you might call "screening" tools.

Also, we should never use any one marker in and of itself, as the sole criteria for evaluating someones health.

However, the more "markers" you have inline the better. On the otherhand, the more you had out of line, the more I would be concerned.

If you feel great, are healthy, & all your other markers are great, then I would not worry. Also, a BMI of 17.5 is not that "out-of-line" & there is lots of data, of which I will post later, that "indicates" that a little lower BMI may be better, as long as it is the result of a healthy diet & lifestyle.


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