Why Is Body Mass Index | BMI | Not A Great Measurement?

It's what most people dread when going to the doctor.  Standing on the scale, measuring your height, finding out how much you weigh, and then watching as your doctor compares you on a chart to see where you stack up with the rest of the population. This is known as measuring your Body Mass Index (BMI).  People count on this as a good indicator of how fit they are.  If it's high they assume they are overweight and unfit.  On the other hand, if it's low, they assume they are in shape and right where they should be.The problem with this form of measurement is that it fails to take a lot of different factors into account.  For one, it's not accurate to take someone's weight and compare it to their height.  What about muscle mass, bone density, where their weight is distributed?  Someone could have a low BMI reading, but carry all of their weight in their midsection.  Should that person be considered healthy? Not at all, especially since a handful of risk factors are associated with excessive weight in the abdomen.  On the contrary, an athlete could have a high BMI reading, but have high bone density, built muscles, and low body fat.  What this high BMI reading tells them though is that their overweight and unfit, which couldn't be farther from the truth.A better way to determine an individual's state of health is measuring their body fat.  This lets the person know how much of their body is made up of fat, and how much is made up of lean muscle mass.  Makes a whole lot of sense when you're determining someone's state of health.  Don't rely on what your BMI is telling you.  Remember there are other things to consider, and you deserve to know the truth about your body. If you are looking for a device that is pretty inexpensive and then try a handheld of scale that has bio-electrical impedance to measure the percent of body fat percentage. The Omron Body Fat Analyzeris a great tool to keep track of your progress and to make sure you are heading in the right direction. The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington Street, Suite 137Portland, Oregon 97214(503) 953-0241