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Beyond BMI: A Better Tool to Measure Your Health – Waist-to-height ratio is better — and simpler

July 9, 2013

Source: Cleveland Clinic

If you’ve been to a doctor, looked at medical websites or watched a daytime talk show, you’ve probably heard the three magic letters BMI.

BMI, or body mass index, is the most basic tool doctors use to check your body composition and predict your risk of disease. There are plenty of online BMI calculators that will do the math for you, but it turns out there is a better tool at your disposal: waist-to-height ratio. Best of all, just like BMI, you can measure it yourself.

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