Ep 122: Why We Can't Use BMI to Measure Health

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By Stephanie Webb + Emily Fonnesbeck | Eat Confident Co. and Stephanie Webb | Holistic Nutritionist + Eating Psychology Coach. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Today we’re talking all about BMI and why it is not a valid measurement of health. We’re pulling back the curtain on weight + BMI standards to help you stop using stigmatizing language and work to create health in your life... without arbitrary classifications of weight and height.

Here's what you'll learn in this episode:

  • What BMI was actually created to measure (hint: it’s NOT health!)
  • What stigmatizing language you should stop using to describe bodies
  • Why BMI categories don’t really measure health
  • How the way you talk about your body can help you feel more confident
  • The true definition of a healthy weight

If you’d like more support + guidance on learning how to take care of your body and your health (without allowing your weight to determine anything about you!), we’re here to help. Learn more about our group coaching program, Eat Confident Collective at eatconfident.co/collective.

Links Mentioned

Read the critical review on BMI research we mentioned in the episode here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4890841/

Ep 115: Eating for Health vs. Eating for Weight: https://eatconfident.co/podcast/115

Ep 116: How Focusing on Weight May be Keeping You Stuck https://eatconfident.co/podcast/116

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