Why your BMI is not an accurate reflection of your health

The best way to check if your weight is healthy is to calculate your body-mass index (BMI). Even So? No, not necessarily, according to a recently published article in the journal Science. It is suggested that your BMI calculate an accurate picture of your metabolic health.

Indicated that BMI did not tell you everything in the perspective of two researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The point is that your BMI is actually only displays your weight and height. Thus Rexford Ahima, a professor of medicine and director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism at the University of Pennsylvania. BMI measurement ignores issues such as family history, muscle mass and where excess fat is located.

In principle, this is not new. Researchers have long known that BMI represents only a very limited indication of overall health.

How the BMI chart can be misinterpreted

Muscle weighs more than fat. For example, it may be a BMI of muscular higher than the BMI of a less muscular person with the same length.

Where the fat was located on your body is also an important factor. Overweight people can have a healthy blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, but that is probably the case if they have less abdominal fat and more subcutaneous fat says Ahima.

What to use instead of the BMI calculation?

For the above reasons your BMI is only one of many tools. Another important tool such as your waist circumference. Use the Body Shape Index measurement to make an assessment of your health.

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