You have probably heard that Body Mass Index is not an accurate or viable way to measure your health.
Well, true in some ways. And not so true in other ways.
Body mass index is a standardized study of thousands of human bodies that were donated as cadavers measuring their height and body weight in relation to the pressure that was being applied on their organs.
On the other hand, the ever growing popular body fat percentage collectively conjoins muscle, bones, and visceral tissue and separating it from adipose tissue.
There are pros and cons of both methods.
Body fat percentage is highly valuable in terms of determining the pressure that is being applied to internal organs. It doesn’t account for different bones densities. However, we must keep in mind that the studies going into the calculation was from a random samples of varying body types. It can be said that most participants were donors so we can’t assume donor behavior is random.
This does mean that assuming the samples were close to random, the data obtained for BMI still tell a very close to accurate tale.
Think about your body as a water balloon.
A water balloon has a set amount of volume it can reach before bursting open and overflowing.
Our bodies work in very much the same fashion.
We only have so much skin and at a certain point everything inside will start to smash together.
This means that even though body fat percentage accounts for different bone densities and other factors it doesn’t mean that it is a great indicator for organ pressure.
It doesn’t have restrictions on you weight and allows you to expand endlessly in size.
Therefore you could end up being a 200 kilo 153cm and measure perfectly fine when your organs are under massive pressure from your muscle tissue squeezing fat onto your organs.
Therefore, it is best not to discount BMI entirely. It is not accurate for different bodies types with bone densities above or below average. However, it does give you a fair idea of how much you should weight before organ pressure may be a concern.
Good rule of thumb is to not reach an obese level. It might be alright to be overweight. Just don’t let it be obese. As far as the BMI scale is concerned.
***Nothing is article should be considered a substitute for medical advice from a qualified physician***