SVG Healthwatch: Body Fat vs. Body Mass

The New York Times dives into B.M.I, or body mass index and dispelling one of the common myths: that simply maintaining ones weight is the same as being healthy. Fat, reporter Jane E. Brody writes, takes up about four times the space of muscle tissue, for example, so it is quite possible to look and feel fatter even if your height and weight remain the same. This is particularly common among women past 50 and men past 60, and the results are likely to show around the middle. That is why, reports Brody, degree of body fatness is a better way to judge health, and the potential for problems, than B.M.I. For the complete article click here.

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