lvclifton t1_j0dkofj wrote

They need something better than BMI. My family are big people. My 7 yo son with 15% body fat was labeled morbidly obese by BMI charts. Appropriate body fat for a 7yo male is between 13 and 19%. BMI assumes your muscles and bones (and more) weigh the exact same as mine. Look at skeletons and weigh them. They completely differ in weight. It is a bad model. My 7 yo ending up with eating disorders because he was told he was morbidly obese by a doctor covering for his normal pediatrician. Once I showed her you can see his ribs through his skin, she ordered cholesterol tests. Those came back perfect. Nope, he was not morbidly obese nor obese at all.