Gov’t to monitor body mass of every American

July 18, 2010
By Tracy R Twyman

Does your butt look big? The government wants to know. CNS News reports that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has created a new federal regulation stating that the approximate body mass index (BMI) of every American shall be recorded and stored as part of their “electronic health record (EHR), which will be available to healthcare providers on a national exchange by 2014.

The EHRs were created by a new law tucked into the economic stimulus bill signed by Barack Obama in 2009. The BMI will be calculated automatically after recording the person’s weight and height, and will be used by government, health industry workers, and insurance companies to determine if a person is overweight, and what diseases he or she might be prone to. The law stipulates that doctors and hospitals must use the new record system by 2014 or lose federal subsidies.

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