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Letters Body mass index as measure of health

Body mass index as socioeconomic indicator

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 07 May 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1158
  1. Arnaud Chiolero, professor of public health1 2
  1. 1Population Health Laboratory, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
  2. 2Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  1. achiolero{at}

Seven Days in Medicine, 17 April

Members of the UK parliament have called for an end to the use of body mass index (BMI) as a marker of health because it would inspire “weight stigma, contribute to eating disorders, and can damage an individual’s body image and mental health.”1 While BMI is appealing …

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