BMI Flaws, History, and Other Ways to Measure Body Weight and Fat | Everyday Health - Deepstash
What is BMI?

The Body mass index (BMI) is a marker for health & obesity. It can be measured using the following formula: weight (kg) ÷ height² (m²)

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BMI Flaws, History, and Other Ways to Measure Body Weight and Fat | Everyday Health

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The BMI scale is innacurate

The BMI scale cannot be applied to everyone (especially women & POC) because it was developed by studying European men — and thus does not take into account racial...

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How innacurate is BMI?
  • Asians may have increased health risks before their BMI qualifies as overweight due to their tendency to hold abdominal fat.
  • Athletes...

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Why do health-care providers still use BMI?

Research shows that BMI is a reliable estimate of health risks.

Plus, it’s convenient, cost effective, & accessible in ...

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Why should there be alternatives to BMI?
  1. For a more accurate assessment of health risks. (Factors such as age, gender, race, medical history, exercise, nutrition, stress, etc, should be tak...

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Alternatives to BMI
  • Waist-to-hip ratio: measures abdominal fat. It's convenient but does NOT consider different body shapes/muscle & bone mass.
  • Body...

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Conclusion

While there are alternatives to use in place of the BMI scale, each tool comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Thus, healthcare providers should use the available alternati...

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