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How innacurate is BMI?

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 tend to have heavier bones & more muscle mass, resulting in higher BMI but may NOT be unhealthy.
  • Pregnant/nursing Women typically have higher BMIs due to higher body fat percentage, but may NOT be unhealthy.
  • People aged 65+ with a higher BMI tend to have more muscle mass, which has a protective effect in terms of overall functionality.


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What is BMI?

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)

BMI indexes:

  • 18.5> is underweight
  • 18.5 ~ 24.9 is normal
  • 25 ~ 29.9 is o...


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The BMI scale is innacurate

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 & sex differences.

It is also an inaccurate measure of body fat content


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Why do health-care providers still use BMI?

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 all healthcare settings.


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Why should there be alternatives to BMI?

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 taken into account.)
  2. To prevent weight bias, in which doctors assume that the ...


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Alternatives to BMI

Alternatives to BMI

  • Waist-to-hip ratio: measures abdominal fat. It's convenient but does NOT consider different body shapes/muscle & bone mass.
  • Body fat percentage: dinguishes between fat mass & fat-free mass and more accurate


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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 alternatives together with the BMI index to obtain a more accurate reading of their patient's health...


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History of BMI

History of BMI

Using a weight-to-height index devised by Adolphe Quetelet in 1832 (the Quetelet index), Dr. Ancel Keys coined the term "body mass index" as a convenient way to mea...


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Where BMI Goes Wrong

  • BMI doesn't distinguish between body fat and muscle mass. Muscle weighs about 18 percent more than the same amount of fat. So, according to BMI, the muscled person is more overweight than a sedentary person.
  • BMI is also not reliable to use on elderly ad...


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