The BMI statistic has been promoted as an indicator a person’s general health. I see it displayed in the Apple Health app on my iPhone/iPad. The UK’s NHS, for example, says this on its website
The body mass index (BMI) is a measure that uses your height and weight to work out if your weight is healthy.
The same message appears in various NHS documents and also in material from other organisations.
However, this piece in today’s Guardian suggests that BMI is not a useful personal statistic!
One opinion, from the research cited, is that BMI is really only useful at the population level and that there are better more informative and appropriate metrics that assess an individual’s general health. Should we as QS people be bothered about tracking our BMI any more?