Measuring Obesity: A New, Maybe Better Alternative to BMI

For years, obesity has been measured by BMI — Body Mass Index. The CDC calls BMI a "fairly reliable indicator of body fatness for most people." But critics call the BMI badly flawed, and in 2007, Kate Harding put together a slideshow demonstrating how problematic the BMI can be: A 5 foot tall size 4 woman is… » 7/19/12 6:15pm 7/19/12 6:15pm