Is Body Mass Index (BMI) the best way to tell if you are an ideal weight or even healthy? BMI is a measure of how much body fat you have. It uses your weight and height to come up with a BMI number. Using this number, you and your doctor can tell if you might have a weight problem. But many people, even those who are in shape take issue that BMI doesn’t tell the whole story. Recent news tells of a high school student athlete that rejected a homework assignment that required her to calculate her BMI.
Age, gender, and muscle mass are just some of the factors that can throw off the body mass index.
Although doctors and dietitians widely use it to identify possible weight problems in adults, the BMI has come under attack as a reliable health indicator. It may not provide an accurate measure of body fat for several reasons. Among these reasons are the following:
There are other ways to see if you’re overweight or obese:
How can you lower your BMI?If your BMI shows that you are overweight or obese, you can take steps to lower it. The recipe for lower BMI follows three simple steps:
Want to know your BMI?To find your BMI, use this BMI calculator. A normal, healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9 for most adults. Although it may not be a perfect way to assess weight, it still works as an important tool to use as a starting point to have a conversation with your doctor.
What do you think? Is BMI a good measure of health? Shout out your ideas in the comments!
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