This Week In The Bmj

Fat people are not more likely to take their shoes off before being weighed

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 20 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:f

Speculating that overweight people would be more likely to remove their shoes when being weighed, Harlow tested this on 122 consecutive patients (p 1663). He found, however, that both the 74 who kept their shoes on and the 48 who removed them had similar body mass indexes (27.8 (SD 6.0) and 28.8 (6.0) respectively), thus demolishing his hypothesis.