In the fitness community, mention of the BMI (Body Mass Index) is usually met with rolling eyes, obscene hand gestures, and the occasional charlie horse. We just can’t understand why such a flawed system is in place to gather information about someone’s health. But, not everyone is a part of the lifting community. Many people, (including physicians, and well-meaning coaches) still use the BMI to measure someone’s health.
To understand the BMI, first we have to take a look at its history.