We asked five experts: is BMI a good way to tell if my weight is healthy?

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We asked five experts: is BMI a good way to tell if my weight is healthy?

Staying a healthy weight can be a challenge, and knowing what weight is healthy for you can be too. Most people rely on the body mass index, or BMI, which is a measure of our weight in relation to our height.

Many experts have criticised this fairly limited measure of the health of our weight, yet it still remains the most popular way for most people to judge a healthy weight.

We asked five experts if the BMI is a good indicator of a healthy weight.

Five out of five experts said no

Here are their detailed responses:


If you have a “yes or no” health question you’d like posed to Five Experts, email your suggestion to: alexandra.hansen@theconversation.edu.au


Disclosures: Emma Gearon has received an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.

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