Is Body Mass Index Really Important?

Body mass index, or BMI is a quick easy way to assess one’s body “fatness” using a ratio between one’s height and weight.

Body Mass Index

BMI is often used onsite at employer health fairs as part of their health screenings to estimate health risks including overweight and obesity issues among employee populations.

It is important to know that BMI does not measure ones body fat percentage but rather provides an estimate of ones potential weight issues for their height.

The reason BMI is a popular tool among employer health fairs is because of the ease of calculation and also because it is less invasive than actual body fat screenings using Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) or use of calipers (a trained specialist take a series of measurements using calipers on several areas on your body)–I like to call it “pinching my fat.”

Learn more about these topics and achieving a healthy weight by visiting HealthAtoZ health tools center. Here you will find several assessment tools that you can use for your onsite wellness programs or redirect employees to this site to learn more about assessing their weight and making changes in their behaviors.

Researchs and health experts are reconsidering the importance of one’s body mass index and the impact having a “less than normal” rate is on our health. An increase in one’s waist circumference and visceral fat (fat encompassing one’s vital organs) is becoming more of an increase risk factor for developing complex health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and other life-threatening complications.

For women their waist should be less than 35 inches around and less than 40 inches for males. Anything beyond these measurements definitely increases one’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease.

How to Measure Your Waist Circumference

Body mass index Using a tape measure, start at the top of the hip bone and bring it all the way around keeping it level with the belly button.

Be sure not to hold your breath and keep the tape measure parallel to the floor.

Use the HealthAtoZ health tools center to learn additional information.

Be sure to include waist circumference testing as part of your employee health screenings in addition to body mass index, medical screenings, and other important tests.

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