Is BMI an Accurate or Appropriate Anthropometric Tool?
By Julia Reedy, MNSP, March 30, 2022
As a clinical measurement, body mass index or BMI has become increasingly under fire for its lack of flexibility at the individual-person level, calling into question whether BMI is even accurate. BMI has been an ever-present measurement in research, insurance, and clinical care—in some cases appropriately so, but not in others. Here is a summary of BMI’s power as a research tool and its drawbacks for individualized care.