France Moves to Ban Ultra-Thin Models and Pro-Anorexia Websites 

The French Parliament passed a measure Friday banning the use of excessively thin models on the runway. Part of a larger Health Bill, the measure won a majority vote in the National Assembly lower house of Parliament and will move on to the Senate next week. Other countries, including Spain and Israel, have passed… » 4/03/15 4:30pm 4/03/15 4:30pm

Bryn Mawr Health Center Helpfully Emails Students Weight Loss Tips

The private women's college Bryn Mawr emailed a group of students late last week encouraging them to join the new school-sponsored weight loss program. Students received the email based on their elevated body mass index, data that was mined from their medical records collected by the college's Health Center. » 1/30/15 3:00pm 1/30/15 3:00pm

CVS Punishes Fat Employees, As If That Will Magically Make Them Skinny

Why can nothing be easy in this country? First you have to submit to ten personality tests to get a job folding jeans at Old Navy, then your vacation days are whittled down to six per millennium, and now you have to relinquish full blood work, a pint of urine, and your soul to get reasonably priced healthcare (lest… » 3/21/13 11:40am 3/21/13 11:40am

You Might Be Thinner (or Fatter) Than You Think According to New BMI…

The formula used to calculate body mass index (BMI) has erroneously made tall people seem fatter than they are and shorter people seem thinner, according to mathematicians who say that it didn't take into account that a person's weight grows with their height. So an Oxford mathematician has come up with a new formula… » 1/21/13 12:20pm 1/21/13 12:20pm

Why Does Seventeen Magazine Have a BMI Calculator? And Why Does It Say…

It's pretty obvious that magazines for teenage girls are just grooming schools adult lady-mags—funneling impressionable teens neatly into the image-obsessed arms of Elle and Cosmo. I mean, okay, whatever. As much as it bugs me that women's "entertainment," from childhood, is institutionally wedded to this weird… » 11/28/12 3:20pm 11/28/12 3:20pm

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