Link 6 Sep 9 notes Does BMI Really Reflect Health? by Sarah Menkedick»

Seems a little problematic then, doesn’t it? If the BMI doesn’t actually reflect “true body fatness” or take into account any distinctions of age, race, and sex, than perhaps its at best an outmoded, ineffective, and ultimately demoralizing standard by which to judge a woman’s health?

And, to push that idea a little further, might it not indicate some of the problems our medical culture, and our culture in general, deal with when trying to classify and explain women’s bodies: that health cannot always be judged on image alone, and that developing a uniform standard for “healthy” vs. “fat” or “undesirable” bodies is inherently problematic?

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