In fact, Sabrina Strings, PhD, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, believes the BMI helps very few people beyond white males. White bodies determined what counted as a “healthy” weight even before the BMI became ubiquitous, says Dr. Strings. … In fact, Dr. Strings says there’s no evidence to back up the idea that one measurement of health (including the BMI) can be applied accurately to all populations, even just within the United States.
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