More About Body Mass Index (BMI)
This animation shows a comparison of the change in BMI for a given height and varying weights. It also shows why BMI is inaccurate for muscular people.
Body Mass Index (BMI) Background
Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a commonly-used measure of obesity. The animation shows a range of weights at a given height (5' 10"), and shows the points at which a person is classified as "overweight" or "obese." In addition, it shows one of the problems with using a simple measurement of height and weight to determine obesity: a very muscular person can have a BMI that would categorize him or her as obese.
From Lecture One of the 2004 Holiday Lectures Series "The Science of Fat."
Body Mass Index (BMI) Teaching Tips
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The 2004 Holiday Lectures Series "The Science of Fat"
Director: Dennis Liu, Ph.D.
Scientific Direction: Jeffrey Friedman, M.D., Ph. D.
Scientific Content: Satoshi Amagai, Ph.D.
Animator: Eric Keller