Every hour, the search term “BMI” receives thousands of queries on Google. This is yet another indicator that people are searching for a way to measure and find a number that accurately summarizes their physical fitness. BMI and weight scales are probably the most popular and known ways to try and find this number. Unfortunately, these methods don’t do a great job of relaying a full picture of your body composition.🤔
👨🏫 BMI and a single number on a scale are so prone to distorting peoples’ ideas about their bodies that we needed to tap Beau for a better explanation. As always, he delivered! In this video, Beau goes over the problems with BMI, scales, and alternative ways of measuring body composition. There is a myriad of different techniques you can use to shed light on your physical health, and these are just a few of the ones that aren’t used quite enough by the average person.
📽️Watch to learn more!
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Because children and teenagers are continually developing, BMI is exclusively for adults. This makes having defined values for BMI cut-offs for young individuals challenging. An increase in BMI is mainly caused by an increase in body fat in people who have stopped growing.
What is the BMI range for children that is considered healthy?
For children and teenagers, BMI estimates are not a good way to determine their weight. Children’s and adolescent BMI calculations differ from adult BMI estimates in that they take into consideration the child’s or teenager’s age and gender.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the current BMI charts for youngsters. They’re good for determining whether or not a youngster is overweight or obese if he or she is beyond the age of two.
Being overweight or underweight might have a negative impact on your health.
There is no definitive relationship between being overweight or obese and the likelihood of being unwell. The investigation is still underway.
- Peggy Pletcher, M.S., R.D., L.D., CDE (2016, December 16). Body Mass Index https://www.healthline.com/health/body-mass-index#Body-Mass-Index-and-Health