Is BMI an accurate measure of health?

Is BMI an accurate measure of health?

The Body Mass Index (BMI) was designed to take a defined look at someone’s height and weight to assess overweight and obesity.

If you want to know whether you may be overweight, you’ve likely confronted your BMI, or body mass index, to see where you fall on the spectrum of “underweight” to “obese.”

A BMI of less than 18.5 is considered underweight; 18.5-24.9 is normal; 25.0 – 29.9 is overweight and 30.0 or greater is obese.
But not all weight is created equal.


Lean body mass (which is basically all of your body parts except your fat) weighs more than fat. So conceivably, if you have a high percentage of lean body mass (the good, healthy stuff including muscle), you could still top out as overweight according to the BMI!


In conclusion, I want you to remember that BMI is grossly flawed & totally unnecessary for you to consider. I remember, in my weight struggle days, after having lost a significant amount of body fat & looking really good, I used to still be still bothered by the BMI number & was constantly striving to bring it down. You don’t need a BMI calculation to know whether or not you are carrying extra fat on your body & more importantly, deep down, you always know whether or not your choices & your behaviors are in alignment with the best possible version of you in terms of choosing optimum health in life.


Now over to you, share with me your experience with BMI also if you have any questions, do let me know. I’ll be happy to help you out.

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