BMI Measurement Update

BMI (Body Mass Index) has been used for many years to assess how much fat is stored in our body to check if we are overweight, underweight, normal or obese.

A recent report on the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) has stated that, using BMI for this purpose has its limitations and is out of date and BVI (Body Volume Index) is the method of the future.

A new 3D Scanner has been developed by scientists to assess if a person is truly obese and has been tested at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham, UK.

Whereas BMI takes a reading of height and weight measurements, the new scanner calculates how much fat is being stored and takes into account the persons body shape.

The main reason that BMI is outdated is because it is a well known fact that muscle weighs more than fat, so for people who like to exercise to keep in shape, the BMI gives a false reading.

Working out through exercise burns fat and builds up muscle so it is common sense to realise that your weight will rise but you will actually be losing fat.

It is hoped that the scanner will be installed in Doctors surgeries at a reasonable cost but it is not clear whether patients will have to pay for the treatment or where it will be available.

All that is really needed to work out if you are overweight or not, is a tape measure (very cheap to buy if you don’t already have one) and your eyes.

By looking in a full length mirror, we can all see where we store the fat and also where we need to concentrate on losing it.

The guide-lines for this method are to measure around your middle with the tape measure. When we say the middle, we actually mean the part of the stomach level with the tummy button. Measurements should be:

  • Women should measure 32 inches or less.
  • A measurement of 35 inches indicates being overweight.
  • Men should measure 37 inches or less.
  • A measurement of 40 inches indicates being overweight.

Who needs expensive equipment?