Waistlines and Bottom Lines

Helping Americans lose weight has long been a moneymaker. But recently companies have started marketing new drugs, new devices, and new services that might benefit many more people. Here’s how they are positioning themselves to profit and what consumers need to know.

BMI: The Mismeasure of Weight and the Mistreatment of Obesity

KFF Health News Original

The human body mass index — a simple mathematical equation — is tied to a measure of obesity invented almost 200 years ago. On the downside, it can stand between patients and treatment for weight issues. It particularly mismeasures Black women and Asians.