BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Size cannot be admitted as being a pertinent health indicator, so was the conclusion of a recent study which focused on the link between BMI and the overall health. According to the same study, the BMI could be a misleading health indicator, which, in turn, take a toll on the tax we pay on our medical insurance.
The study in question was performed by a team of psychologists from the UCLA. Throughout this study, the scientists wanted to understand if there is indeed a correlation between the BMI and our overall health. More specifically, they wanted to see whether it is sound to evaluate the health of a patient just using the dreaded fat index.
According to the team which performed this study, there are over 58 million US citizens out there who in spite of having a high BMI, they are, in fact, in perfect health. A. Janet Tomiyama, the lead author of the paper declared that their new finding will benefit not only those who keep thinking that they are obese, based on simple number but also their financial situation as well.
The scientist and her team have discovered that higher BMIs often lead to higher health insurance bill, despite the fact that the patient is in perfect condition. According to the standard method of categorizing health groups based on the BMI, individuals who have a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 are considered healthy and fit, and those who have a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are overweight. On the other hand, individuals who have a BMI over 30 are, from the start, considered obese.
It is no issue to having found that you have a high BMI, but, as it happens, the higher the number is, the more you have to pay for your health insurance.
In light of this revelation, many companies from around the States are beginning to review their policies regarding health indicators, while other institutions have decided to tax us for those extra kilos. For example, US’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has forwarded several policies according to which the employer will be able to raise the insurance policy by 30 percent if the employee does not meet the 18.5 to 24.9 standard.
In conclusion, the new study suggests that BMI is a misleading health indicator, due to the fact that there are many people who, according to the index are either overweight or obese, but they are in fact in perfect health. The leading author of the study urged all patients to stop considering that being overweight is equal to a death sentence.
As for the big players, the doctor and their team advises that it is in the interest of both parties to review these policies and to come up with more pertinent health indicators.