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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Calls to ditch BMI as an individual measure of good health are not new, but they are important, and I was not surprised at the depth of the evidence presented to us on the Women and Equalities Select Committee about its shortcomings. To adhere to it as the main measure, used by Government and medics alike, is to fly in the face of science.We know BMI is designed to measure averages across populations, we also know it is based on the body type of a European man. So it is less accurate for women, for people from different ethnicities and for children. It simply does not take into account bone density and muscle, giving us the anomaly that someone morbidly obese and an Olympic athlete can have the same BMI. But worse than that, studies have also shown that because BMI takes no account of their body type, black children are more likely to be categorised as overweight or obese, a stigma they can then carry with them for years.i's opinion newsletter: talking points from todayEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.The Select Committee’s Report – Changing the Perfect Picture: An Inquiry into Body Image includes a range of recommendations, but very prominently asks the Government to stop using BMI as a measure of individual good health. Minister Nadine Dorries told us in her evidence that there needed to be a measure, and she is not wrong there, but the Government needs to find one which is accurate, reflects diverse body types, and is tailored to individuals. We know people are being denied access to services because their BMI is either too high for some treatments, or perversely not low enough to access help for eating disorder, but the measure being used to determine access is in itself flawed.
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. We know we are facing a real crisis in mental health among young people, and more investment is going in to services, but it is not keeping pace with demand. Beat, the leading eating disorders charity, has seen a 173 per cent increase in demand for services and the fastest rate of increase in eating disorders has been among men not women. Read More The Body Mass Index is wrong and unhelpful: It’s time to rethink obesity Meanwhile the Government’s obesity strategy is more of the same old same old. Calorie counting on menus is not only triggering, it doesn’t appear to work, given that leading fast food chains have done it for years with no discernible reduction in the nation’s waistline. We need a new approach to obesity that involves saying goodbye unhelpful and inaccurate numbers.Caroline Nokes is a Conservative MP and Chair of the Women and Equalities CommitteeBeat has helplines open 365 days a year from 9am–8pm during the week, and 4pm–8pm on weekends and bank holidays. The general line is 0808 801 0677, the youth line is 0808 801 0711 and the student line is 0808 801 0811. There is also a one-to-one web chat service.
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