Millions of Obese Americans Are Actually Quite Healthy

A new study finds that more than 50 million “quite healthy” Americans have been mislabeled as obese or overweight thanks to an over-reliance on BMI as a measurement of health, the Los Angeles Times reports.

“This should be a final nail in the coffin for BMI,” says A. Janet Tomiyama, lead author of a study published Thursday in the Journal of Obesity.

Tomiyama and her team looked at the blood pressure, glucose levels, cholesterol, and more of 40,420 people. They found 47.4% of people with an “overweight” BMI and 29% of “obese” people were actually healthy. Conversely, more than 30% of people with a healthy BMI were surprisingly unhealthy.

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