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BMI (Body Mass Index) is not in line - A poor obesity diagnosis

BMI Chart
BMI Chart

BMI (Body Mass Index) has been the main measurement for obesity for many health professionals for many years but it has not yet been proven to be accurate. BMI calculations are taken from an individual from their height and weight, which is calculated and looked up on a chart for the doctor to see if the patient is at a proper weight for healthy living.

BMI is not the proper tool for a health professional to calculate how a person is doing in life and going to progress, but the health professional should be well trained in body composition with body fat testing through caliper testing, bioelectrical impedance or hydrostatic weighing if at all possible. BMI will work for those that are morbidly obese, but it does not have an effect on those that are overweight or even slightly overweight.

BMI only functions on the obese which is fine, but it does not look at the health populations such as a healthy 48 year who was 6’2” and weighed between 203 and 205 and had a body fat of 10%--12%, but when he went to his doctor, he was told he needed to lose at least 10-15 lbs. Story to be learned is that this was wrong, and the doctor should have never stated that, and the individual who was in good health got caught up in the whole experience and started losing more and more muscle mass due to the poor education from the doctor. This 48 year olds’ health eventually got back up to par, and it is too bad that BMI is the leading measurement in the health industry for a measurement if one is at a healthy weight or not.

BMI (Body Mass Index) is not an accurate way for diagnosing a person with obesity when it comes down to their height and weight when really lean muscle weighs more than fat and can outweigh this factor all together. Health professionals such as doctors need use more exact health testing such as caliper testing in order to give patients an accurate measurement.