What Body mass index May (Not) Say Regarding Your Health

 

The BIG Lie About BMIWhat It Doesn’t Tell You About Your Health

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Why BMI Isn’t A Good Measure of Health

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8 Reasons Why BMI Doesn’t Reflect Health

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Is the BMI Chart Accurate?

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Mayo Clinic Minute: The Problem With BMI

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Does your body mass index (BMI) really matter?

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What BMI doesn’t tell you about your health

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The bottom line is that it’s still important to know your BMI. While BMI does not tell you exactly what’s going on with your organs, blood work, mental health or emotional wellness, a good deal of research has shown a link between an overweight or obese BMI and poor health outcomes. BMI is a helpful starting point for looking at your health.

It can start a conversation between you and your. What Your Body Shape — Not BMI — May Reveal About Your Health A new study finds that body shape, specifically where fat deposits occur, may predict the health of your cardiovascular. BMI is a reliable measure of total body fat. High body fat ups your risk for diseases and even death.

People with high BMIs are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke, even if they don’t have any other risk factors for these problems. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is seen as a healthy weight. A BMI between 25.0 and 29.9 is considered overweight. A BMI of 30.0 and above is considered obese.

According to the CDC, the BMI charts are divided up based on how a body mass index category is associated with diseases and mortality. Your BMI and Your Health. BMI offers a fast way for someone to figure out whether or not their weight may be healthy based on a few factors, and although losing weight has health benefits for people of all ages and both sexes, it’s important to take it a step further and calculate your body fat percentage, especially as you start to reach your target weight. Doctors and statisticians for years have used body mass index, or BMI, as an indicator of overall health. Unfortunately, it’s not a great tool for doing so, and reliance on it may create.

People Over Age 65 A BMI of less than 23 in people older than 65 is associated with a higher health risk. And according to a 2014 meta-analysis published in The American Journal of Clinical. You’ve probably heard the term BMI (body mass index).

It’s based on your height and weight, and it’s widely used to determine if you’re in a healthy weight range. But as it. Body mass index (BMI) is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. BMI is an inexpensive and easy screening method for weight category—underweight, healthy weight, overweight, and obesity.

BMI does not measure body fat directly, but BMI is moderately correlated with more direct measures of body fat 1,2,3. For people who are considered obese (BMI greater than or equal to 30) or those who are overweight (BMI of 25 to 29.9) and have two or more risk factors, it is recommended that you lose weight. Even a small weight loss (between 5 and 10 percent of your current weight) will help lower your risk of developing diseases associated with obesity.

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It has been determined that as the BMI increases to greater than 25, there is an increased risk of developing certain diseases associated with overweight and obesity such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, and osteoarthritis.

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As BMI rises, mortality increases, as increased fat increases risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, cancer, sleep apnea, arthritis, and other diseases.

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Through careful construction of BMI categories (such that the category they label “BMI > 40” is actually a combination of those with BMI > 40 and those with BMI > 35 who also have at least one chronic illness), the authors create the negative fat/health associations that they wish to find.

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Also, the risk of mortality increased in older people with a BMI <23.0, which suggests the importance of monitoring weight loss in older age groups as an indicator of some serious health issue or sarcopenia.

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and the risk increases with the amount of weight gained.1 Also of importance, obesity is associated with increased mortality rates, usually as a result of atherosclerotic heart disease, stroke, DM, digestive diseases, or cancer.23–26 Increasing BMI is directly related to greater disease risk, as depicted in Table 7-5.

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46,47 However, the BMI levels used for the definition of overweight and obesity are somewhat arbitrary, since the relationship between body weight and disease risk is continuous with the exception of the extremely underweight: disease risk increases as weight increases.

“Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults: The Evidence Report” by Expert Panel on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults (U.S.), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (U.S.), National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
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by Expert Panel on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults (U.S.), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, et. al.
National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 1998

Using federal standards (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health 2013), an adult with a BMI between 18.5– 24.9 is considered to be of a normal weight; those with a BMI of 25– 29.9 are described as overweight; and those with a BMI of 30 or greater are described as obese.

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Some experts criticize BMI because it makes no distinction between fat and muscle, but here I’ll follow Moore et al., who used BMI and the World Health Organization definitions of BMI <25 as normal, BMI between 25 and 30 as overweight, and BMI >30 as obese.

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If you are more than somewhat overweight, say more than 20 percent above your ideal weight, you do have increased risks of developing cardiovascular disease (heart trouble, high blood pressure), diabetes, gallstones, some kinds of cancer, and osteoarthritis.

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Being obese (BMI > 30) has reliably been shown to put people at a significantly elevated risk for all-cause morbidity, prematuredeath,type2diabetes,gallbladderdisease,highblood pressure, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, liver disease, osteoarthritis, reproductive problems (in women), and colon cancer.

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  • “weird how a single decimal point determines if you’re over weight or obsess” uhh, not its not. There has to be a line somewhere determining what is what.

  • Thanks for doing this, for showing that a professional “lean” football player can be classified as obesewith pictures! ❤️ What is frustrating, though, is that this is even something to talk about at THIS point in time when it has been proven time and time again to not be an accurate representation of human health. A big proportion of your our healthcare system still uses this! Yeah, Muhammad Ali was overweight… smh

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  • For most people’s like us, the obesity test works pretty good but it does not really work for fit elite athletes but it won’t matter for them because they already know that they are healthy

  • What is that, the “height in square meters”? Don’t you mean “the height in meters squared”?

    I wouldn’t fall over this had a layman said it that way, but I expect a spokesperson of a lab specializing in this to be able to express himself correctly on the matter.

  • This video is definitely fantastic! It helps me recall of times when my cousin used Custokebon Secrets to get rid of 19 lbs and enjoy being healthy again! Most people want to lose fat, but we also need to stay nutritious, and that is exactly what Custokebon Secrets gifted.

  • When your bmi is 44 it’s not good, it’s not healthy, bmi isn’t the only measure for health but it’s pretty accurate since most people don’t work out. You can tell why you’re overweight or obese just by looking at yourself. Stop lying to people under the guise of “acceptance” or sympathy for those who make terrible healthy choices

  • Why was this recommend knowing 3 days earlier I was searching Google for my BMI? is there a kind of algorithmic connection via the account? Or pure shady stuff?

  • I love this video! BMI is one of the worst the determinants of whether or not somebody is in good health……Mike Tyson in the prime of his career was considered morbidly obese by the BMI chart….

  • While an “obese” person follows a healthy lifestyle with workouts and healthy meals, a lean person could eat junk food everyday and still be considered “healthy” according to their BMI. That’s so unfair

  • This chick literally out here advocating for dexa scanning over BMI.

    Yeah let’s needlessly irradiate the entire population every time they come to the doctor’s office instead of simply weight them.

  • I also heard that BMI skews your results if you are too tall or short because it squares the height, but weight and height have a cubic relationship. People under 5’2″ are more likely to be classified as overweight, those over 6 foot are more likely to be underweight. There was a 3D BMI calculator that cubed your height so all heights could be measured accurately

  • She says weird how.1 can be the difference between overweight and obese but that’s ridiculous. Obviously you have trended toward one way or another. You don’t suddenly wake up and become defined differently

  • I’m about 155cm and weight 60-61 kg. My BMI is 25,4, is that healthy? I mean, Im technically overweight but it doesn’t look like, I do feel sort of fat though -3-)

  • I lost weight by cutting out bread and beer and snacks. And I love bread. And beer. And snacks. So I forced myself to learn to make bread (and thus, the effort means I don’t make it often, and I eat a lot less of it) But, I do love it even more when I put the effort into baking bread. As for beer, I drink it again, but not so much and it’s a treat when I do. I still avoid snacks, unless I am at a party. I also started walking 1.5 miles per day… Lost 30 pounds in 4 months. blood sugars are much better, too.

  • I don’t think BMI 18 should be classified as underweight. That’s still a healthy weight without any risks. Can we move the line down to BMI 15 maybe?

  • Doctor: I need to see you for losing weight too fast and your BMI is out of control
    Me: Well, BMI and weight are not good indicator of your health

  • He y’all, I can’t find a video on this but I need help. Is it ok to be fat as a kid? I have a serious insecurity about my weight and can’t even stand in my own house wearing something 1 bit reviling. Please reply to me about this. Bye xx

  • See, my BMI is low. And I’m underweight. But I’m perfectly healthy. I eat normal and I don’t go to the gym or anything like that. It’s just my metabolism and genetics. But if anyone were to see my BMI without knowing that info, they would think that I was extremely unhealthy and dying. ��

  • It seems to me, the real issue is not with BMI, it’s formula, nor it’s professional usage, but the public’s use of the number. This video is very important for non-health professionals to understand the limitations of a medical assessment tool, but, like all health and medical assessments and treatments, it is really the responsibility of the professional to deeply understand this. Which we do, we understand no one test of any kind is entirely definitive, but some “cheap, easy” tests are good to spot those who need help.

  • I’m 12 and my BMI in one website says my growth is more of a health concern than my weight and said I should do vigorous exercise and sports for 3 hours a day and eat really healthy 5’10 and 160 pounds bruh

  • If you are saying BMI is wrong.. Then you should change the syllabus in schools..
    Even I am not sure whether that’s right.. So your thought just proved all that is written is not right

  • People are mad because the interviewer is overweight. I don’t think she’s trying to say she’s not obese. She legitimately pointing out the issue of exclusively using BMI. Nothing she said was wrong. She is saying if you want to have a more accurate measure of health, go get it. Don’t just use BMI. This is a great example of fatphobia to the extreme where you can’t even listen to what a woman is saying unless she’s skinny.

  • Most of the commenters didn’t watch the full Video. The Point this Video is trying to make is “While it can be helpful, the BMI shouldn’t be the only way to understand the Human Body.”

  • I guess body fat percentage would be the best test. Not sure how to calculate that I’m also about 6’4 and about 190 pounds. My waist is 36 inches. I’m thinking about going down to 180, but I’m not sure.

  • 40 inches, really! I’m 6’4″ with a 40″ waste. I have a friend who is 5’4″ with a 38″ waste. So he’s ok and I’m not, really!?!? What if we just took our height in inches and divided by two. My 76 inches would be 38″ waste making me overweight and my friend at 64″ would mean a 32″ waste making him really overweight. Now doesn’t this make more sense than one fixed number for everyone?