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Limitations of BMI

Limitations of BMI

Body mass index (BMI) is one of the most popular ways to measure body composition as it pertains to health. However, research indicates BMI is not the most accurate depiction and can have serious limitations in weight distribution, body fat percentage, and different demographics.


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Why We Should Not Depend on BMI Only

  • BMI is not an accurate predictor of health because it does not account for body fat percentage or body fat distribution.
  • In addition, BMI cannot accurately predict the health of different demographics and races because it was created with data from only white Europeans.
  • Measurements that are more accurate than BMI at predicting health outcomes include blood pressure, waist circumference, and cholesterol levels.


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More Accurate Predictors of Health

People should keep track of the following in order to stay healthy.

  • Waist circumference.
  • High blood cholesterol.
  • Elevated triglycerides.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High blood sugar.


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A Short explanation of the Measurements ( PART 1)

  • Waist circumference: If your circumference is over 34 for a woman or over 39 for a man, you might have increased risk.
  • High blood cholesterol: Overall cholesterol levels higher than 239 mg/dL in men and women can pose a greater risk to health conditions. So, try to maintain below this level.
  • Elevated triglycerides: A type of fat found in your blood, which can be elevated when you eat more calories than you burn. A high level of triglycerides is over 200 mg/dL. Maintain below that.


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A Short explanation of the Measurements ( PART 2)

  • High blood pressure: When the blood flowing through your blood vessels is too high, also known as hypertension. High blood pressure is 140/90mmHg.If you are someone who is very thin and you have 110/70 mmHg, then you are fine and healthy ( from another source).


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