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New Policy on the Body Mass Index Improves Medical Care

The new policy takes into account race, ethnicity, gender, and age.

On June 14, 2023, the American Medical Association (AMA) released a press release stating that it is adopting a new policy to clarify how the body mass index (BMI) can be used in medical practice. This policy is placed into action as it was recognized by the AMA that the BMI measurement is problematic when used as the sole tool to measure body fat and does not account for race, ethnicity, gender, and age. 

Here is an explanation of this press release from an expert in Endocrinology, Dr. Rocio Salas-Whalen. 


Dr. Rocio Salas-Whalen is a double board-certified physician in endocrinology with a particular interest in obesity, diabetes, and thyroid disorders. Dr. Salas-Whalen provides customized medical care and is a strong advocate for prevention rather than treatment of obesity and diabetes. Her practice is at New York Endocrinology in the Upper East side of Manhattan. To request an appointment, click here. You can follow Dr. Salas-Whalen on social media @DrSalasWhalen

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