While BMI is a good screening tool, it fails to take several factors into account, such as age and ethnicity. Photo: Shutterstock

Is BMI a reliable indicator of health and fitness? Two Hong Kong doctors explain its pros and cons

Body mass index can be a good screening tool to determine whether people are overweight – and thus have a higher risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and some cancers – but fails to take several factors into account

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While BMI is a good screening tool, it fails to take several factors into account, such as age and ethnicity. Photo: Shutterstock
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