Is BMI Totally Useless?

For years BMI has been used to determine if a person is overweight. In reality BMI is totally useless at making that determination. An article titled “Female Bodies: A Weighty Issue” written by Foz Meadows states…

We have, as a society, such a completely disordered, distorted perception of female bodies that the vast majority of people are incapable of recognizing what “overweight” actually looks like on a woman, let alone “healthy”…

Foz Meadows then talks about BMI…

Overwhelmingly, the measurement used to determine whether or not someone is a “healthy weight” is the BMI, or Body Mass Index. Most people are still taught it in schools; indeed, it’s commonly used by doctors and in medical underwriting for insurance purposes, and is also used by the WHO and various other official bodies, including many universities. It is, however, flawed to the point of uselessness – a fact acknowledged by the man who popularized its usage, Ansel Keys, who explicitly stated that it shouldn’t be used as a tool for individual diagnosis.

The article goes on to discuss all the reasons that BMI is flawed in great detail. The bottom line, is… We need to stop using BMI as a way to determine if a person is overweight or not. It’s totally useless and I’m sticking to that.

Why Focusing On Fat Loss Isn’t The Answer

David Robson has written a nice article covering why you should not forget about building muscle while losing body fat. If you are trying to lose body fat, keep in mind…

When trimming down, don’t get so wrapped up in losing fat that you forget about muscle. It’s the real key to a successful, lasting body transformation!

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