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Do You Know Your BMI? This Might Help
Body mass index is used to assess someone’s body composition (the amount to lean tissue to body fat). BMI will compare your body weight to your height to come up with a number that indicates whether you are obese, overweight, normal weight or underweight. Using the BMI formula is a quick way to determine a persons level of health when predicting obesity-related diseases that include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and stroke.
BMI does not apply to all individuals because it does not take in account your overall body makeup. There may be problems when using the BMI scale to assess people who have a lot of muscle or have an athletic body type. Because muscle weights more that fat, those people will appear overweight or even obese according to the BMI reference chart. If you fall into this category you would be better off estimating your body fat by the skinfold method for a more accurate reading of your overall body makeup.
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