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It's important to note, though, that only about 12% of the normal weight individuals had metabolic syndrome/high blood pressure, compared to 35% of the overweight, and 55% of the obese.

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Hi Dr. Conason, excellent points!

When you go for a medial checkup, generally the doctor will give you a bunch of tests, and then based on the results, get an idea of where you health needs improvement.

But it is not reasonable for schools to administer and interpret these tests, and as you point out, there are a lot of downsides to using BMI. So what is a good, easy to administer metric? How about fitness level? Fitness level is also an important indicator without the danger of encouraging eating disorders. Also a fitness level test helps to bring home the idea that “you can't judge a book from it's cover”, since someone can be thin but also very unfit.

Another big advantage is that doctors don't usually measure fitness, so if people at home, at schools and at fitness centers got into the habit of measuring fitness, this would fill an important gap.

Dieting, especially yo-yo dieting is not healthy, but exercise definitely is (healthy for both body and mental health).

What do you think? Is that a reasonable approach?

Katie

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Alexis Conason, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in practice in New York City and a researcher at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital.

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