May 14th, 2009

green leaves

Debunking BMI

http://www.maa.org/devlin/devlin_05_09.html

There doesn't seem to be a single quote that neatly ties together the history of BMI and the reasons it doesn't measure anything significant, but I do recommend the essay.

Link thanks to a comment at Kate Harding's Shapely Prose. I would be surprised if there's a top-level post about it in the forseeable future.

Addendum: How much good information about a group can you get from individual measurements that don't tell you anything important about the individuals?