Is BMI a reliable indicator to determine body fat percentage?
⏩What is Body Mass Index (BMI)? ➖Body Mass Index (BMI) is an estimate of body fat based on your height and weight. It doesn’t measure body fat directly, but instead uses an equation to find an approximate value. ➖It doesn’t measure body fat but used as an indicator of body fatness. It uses a formula to find an approximate value and gives you a double digit number. ➖BMI helps you determine how much body fat a person has and if it falls in certain healthy limits or not. Remember, it is not an absolute determinant. ➖A person with significant lean body mass, for example, could be classified as “overweight” even though they have a low body fat percentage. ⏩𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐟𝐥𝐚𝐰𝐞𝐝? BMI is just an indicator which means it does not prove the absolute health condition of a person. Moreover there are certain limitations of this concept. It does not take into consideration all the other parameters like the fat percentage, the lean body mass, bone density, gender differences, age. The biggest flaw with BMI is that it only considers the person’s weight and height, irrespective of the muscle mass which is denser than fat. In simplified terms, if we consider the same size portion of fat and muscle, muscle is going to weigh more. Hence, athletic people are considered fat based on BMI which they are not. The measure of one’s health should not be a number. Wellness is assessed in a multitude of ways and BMI is not the only factor. Try not targeting optimal BMI instead work on improving overall body composition. Conclusion ⏩BMI is an inadequate measure of health. it doesn’t consider your fat/adipose tissue but only relies on height and weight which paints an incomplete picture of your health.