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Is BMI A Good Indicator of Health?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a common measure of body weight. All you need to calculate your BMI is your height and weight; and then use the formula BMI = kg/m2 where kg is a person’s weight in kilograms and m2 is their height in metres squared.

What’s a normal BMI?

Your BMI number will group you into different categories. Below 18.5 is considered underweight while 18.5 to 24.9 is normal. A person with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is overweight while a BMI over 30 signifies obesity.

If you feel that a mere number cannot determine if you’re fit or obese, you’re right. As the years have passed, more and more people have realized that BMI is no longer an accurate measure of good health.

Moreover, the current BMI categories for overweight and obesity are largely based on white populations. Since body composition and muscle mass can vary by race or ethnic groups, BMI depicts inaccurate results to these groups.

BMI simply measures body size and doesn’t account for body fat which is crucial in providing a definitive answer to health risks. While it does provide a rough indication of body fat, it fails to distinguish between fat and muscle mass.

It is nothing but an oversimplification of body composition and provides misleading numbers on your overall health. Two people of the same sex and body weight may be polar opposites from each other when it comes to body composition.

InBody offers a premium range of body composition analyzers that provide accurate and detailed reports on your body composition. Measuring and knowing your body composition will allow you to understand your body’s unique makeup.

InBody Body composition analysis can precisely breakdown how much of your weight loss is fat, muscle or body water. Since InBody tests differentiate between muscle and fat, it removes the unnecessary guesswork to determine if your weight loss or gain is in muscle or fat.

InBody’s clinically proven accuracy is trusted by professionals across the globe.