Yeah I'm not entirely sure the rabid anti-BMI people actually read the studies they link, just figuring the story about how the guy who invented it was associated with racist pseudoscientists of the time is enough for people to shitpile. (And not to sperg too much but it is hard to completely call it pseudoscience in some parts because physical differences can and do exist between racial groups, it's just that they weren't usually interpreted very well and after the abuses that happened as a result, it eventually became practically verboten to mention them at all).Wait a minute -- doesn't this suggest that a major problem with BMI is not the HAES claim "It says too many healthy people are fat" but the opposite -- "it underestimates how many women are too fat?"
(FWIW, that is likely true, at least for people with small frames: I know a small-framed woman -- the same one who modeled for my "Tess Holliday arm fat estimate" last month -- she gained and then lost some weight a couple years ago due to some medication she was on for a bit, and once told me that at her largest, her BMI was still officially "normal" rather than "overweight" -- though at the higher end of "normal," instead of the lower end where she usually is -- but it was enough that around her waist she had an actual fat roll. Her response: "I don't care what the BMI says, if I'm fat enough to have a roll, I'm too damn fat." Fortunately she doesn't talk about these things on social media, because if the HAES people knew about her they'd send ALL their keyboard warriors after her.)
Of fucking course BMI is a statistical tool, it doesn't even differentiate between male/female, age, race, or anything else. Scientists quibble over the numbers now and then but doctors really don't, a height and weight chart combined with a trend toward a weight problem in their last few visits and are getting to be in ill health because of it are the main deciding factors on whether they deem someone's weight an issue (well that, or an extreme BMI like 13 or 50). It would make more sense to see women with BMIs one or two points into the "overweight" category who would start spergfests about it, but it never is because they fucking listen to their doctors when they say it's no big deal so long as the trend doesn't continue.