What’s better than BMI for measuring body fat?

So, you’re fit and healthy, but your BMI (body mass index) says otherwise tunnelbear 다운로드? This is one of the pitfalls of the commonly-used equation used to gauge whether you’re underweight, overweight or at a healthy weight. BMI doesn’t accurately assess your body fat when it’s used on its own.

Does that mean I can be fit and fat?

While the BMI formula is a helpful equation, scientists say that a fit person who’s built well could still be classed as ‘obese’ with the BMI formula. But how? Well, an extremely muscular and fit athlete could be classed as obese despite carrying very little body fat, because muscle is denser than fat and weighs more. On the other hand, a thin person with little muscle mass, but carrying a belt of dangerous belly fat could be considered healthy.

To help get an accurate assessment, doctors are now also turning to A Body Shape Index (ABSI).

What is ABSI?

While BMI compares your weight to your height, it can’t really tell you where you’re carrying your weight, and that’s the important part. Many studies show that carrying excess belly fat is riskier for your health than being bottom-heavy.
ABSI adds in waist circumference, and takes belly fat into account. Specialised software then predicts your risk of developing certain health conditions due to your weight and fat distribution.

BMI and ABSI aren’t fool proof though

It seems that most doctors still prefer to use the most accurate way to assess a patient’s body fat and risk, and this is with a physical examination that takes into consideration a person’s tummy size.

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Dr Marcus Brauer of MediTravel Clinic in Cape Town says: “I agree! I don’t use BMI in isolation, but also like to include hip-waist measurement in my assessments. The best guide is still examining the patient with their shirt off to assess their general distribution of body fat. There will never be a perfect score.”

So before ignoring your BMI result, it’s best to consult with your doctor to get an accurate assessment of your risk.

Sources: Daily Mail , Healthland