The Appetite Episode 86: BMI: How One Unscientific Calculation Became Our Main Measurement for Health (Part 1)


Can you actually measure health? BMI— or Body Mass Index—has become a widely embraced measurement of health, but is actually based on an entirely unscientific and racist 19th century research project. In this first episode of two parts, Opal Co-Founder and Nutrition Director Julie Church, RDN, CEDRD-S, CD sits down with host Carter Umhau, LMHC to talk about the history of the BMI, why it’s bogus, and what the implications of this reductionistic measurement are on our health. 




The Bizarre and Racist History of the BMI:


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