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AMA asks doctors to de-emphasize use of BMI in gauging health and obesity

The American Medical Association on Tuesday strongly criticized the body mass index, urging doctors to de-emphasize its use in assessing health and obesity and acknowledging that the measurement has been used for “racist exclusion” and has caused “historical harm.”

The AMA, one of the largest medical groups in the U.S., voted to adopt this policy during its annual meeting here.

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