Can we Trust BMI Measurements?

I have always wondered if we trust BMI as a measure for obesity.

While reading a BBC article on the subject, they eventually get to the point right at the bottom of the article, where they talk about whether or not BMI can measure fat.

As you know, at Simple as Fat we’re not always losing weight the conventional way. We’re much more interested in a system of rapid weight loss and health benefits than we are about a statistical system like BMI. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t understand what these measurements actually represent. [wcm_restrict]

According to all the experts I have spoken to, there are many reasons why we shouldn’t trust or rely on the BMI measurement as a system for measuring health, and obesity.

And, of course, BMI cannot measure fat. BMI also doesn’t indicate where the fat is stored on the body. It is, as the article finally explains, fat around the waist and our vital organs that really matters.

The article eventually states that “waist size may be a better way to monitor your health than BMI. ”

This is why we say don’t just rely on the scales. Always measure yourself and keep a weekly log, and don’t rely on BMI which is really a one-cap-fits-all equation.

It is an interesting read though. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43895508 

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