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    Oct 6, 2015

    This Is What Women With The Same BMI Look Like Side By Side

    Numbers can sometimes be deceiving.

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    Macey J. Foronda, Jon Premosch, and Kirsten King for BuzzFeed

    BMI, or body mass index, is a number used to determine your body's mass based on your height.

    The actual number is your weight in kilograms divided by your squared height in meters. BMI is often used as a screening tool for obesity — usually at the population level — but it's also a relatively quick and inexpensive way for doctors to assess your weight and your risk for certain metabolic diseases.

    The problem is, it doesn't factor in things like nutrition, exercise habits, muscle mass, bone density, or overall lifestyle.

    Plus, it doesn't directly measure body fat. So there's a lot of controversy around how useful it is to reduce a person's wellness to a single number.

    And charts like these show that people with the same BMI can look entirely different.

    Therefore, we decided to gather up women with the same BMI and put them side by side to show that women with different shapes, sizes, and heights cannot be defined by a number.

    1. Kelsey (5'8") and Michelle (5'2"):

    Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed
    Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed

    2. Kirsten (5'7") and Susan (5'1"):

    Jon Premosch for BuzzFeed
    Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed

    3. Jess (5'7") and Alex (5'9"):

    Jon Premosch for BuzzFeed

    4. Lara (5'9") and Allison (5'3"):

    Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed
    Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed

    5. Sarah (5'9") and Conz (5'7"):

    Jon Premosch for BuzzFeed

    6. Alex (5'4") and Alexis (5'6"):

    Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed
    Jon Premosch for BuzzFeed

    7. Daysha (5'4"), Rachel (5'1"), and Summer (5'5"):

    Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed
    Jon Premosch for BuzzFeed
    Jon Premosch for BuzzFeed

    8. Candace (5'6") and Mallory (5'4"):

    Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed
    Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed

    9. Sarah (5'3") and Safiya (5'9"):

    Jon Premosch for BuzzFeed
    Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed

    For more information about BMI and what it means for you and your body, visit this website.

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