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Why BMI Is Not a Great Indicator of Body Composition

Why BMI Is Not a Great Indicator of Body Composition

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  • BMI, which gauges weight in relation to height, may underestimate obesity rates and misclassify up to one-quarter of men and nearly half of women
  • One of the primary reasons why BMI is a flawed measurement tool is that it uses weight as a measure of risk, when it is actually a high percentage of body fat that makes a person obese
  • Many experts are now leaning toward body fat percentage as the most accurate measure of obesity
  • Waist size is another simple and free measurement that can be used as a superior measurement to BMI
  • You can also measure your body fat percentage simply by using skinfold calipers or a digital bathroom scale that uses bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) to measure your body fat

By Dr. Mercola

If you'd like to know how much body fat you have, and whether or not your levels put you into a weight category that might lead to health problems, most public health agencies, and therefore most physicians, promote the use of the Body Mass Index (BMI).

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