Body Fat % Not BMI
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of weight adjusted for height. BMI is often considered an indicator of overall physical wellbeing.
While BMI has good intentions, often times it can be misleading.
BMI doesn’t differentiate between fat and muscle
BMI only uses two inputs, weight and height to determine your overall health. But that can be flawed. For instance, “muscle weighs more than fat.” Our muscles have a higher density than fat. So as a person, if you are more muscle dense than fat dense, your BMI score will wrongly reflect that.
While those circumstances are few and far between, it still shows the imperfection of the using BMI rather than a Body Fat percentage.
BMI doesn’t differentiate between body shapes
Your BMI doesn’t look at where fat deposits are on the body. Studies have proven that those with fat deposits around their waistline are at a greater risk of disease and early mortality. An arbitrary number, like a BMI score, can often underplay the severity of the high-risk health problems of the certain fat deposits.
Body Fat Percentage Is Easier to Understand
BMI is created with arbitrary numbers that really don’t have any meaning to the common person. When your doctor tells you that your BMI score is 27 and you are overweight, it often is hard picture what that actually means for your health. Whereas, percentages and the percent of your body that is fat are universal and easier to understand. For example, if you doctor say that you have a body fat percentage of 25%, many people can easily picture that ¼ of your body is fat.
BMI Doesn’t Budge in Response to Lifestyle Changes
Often times small changes in your lifestyle can have very large impacts on the body’s overall health. These small changes oftentimes are not reflected in a BMI score.
For example, if you made the small change to walk 15 minutes every day, your weight may not go down, but you decreased your body fat percentage and your risk for heart disease. Your BMI score would not reflect these subtle changes, and it can be demotivating for someone working to change their health.
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