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BMI to be replaced with BVI?

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posted on Jan, 17 2011 @ 11:02 PM
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Currently, if healthcare practitioners are trying to determine how overweight a patient is, they use the Body Mass Index, or BMI. Invented in the mid-1800s, the BMI is an international standard formula for establishing ideal body weight which involves dividing a person’s weight by the square of their height. The resulting number is then compared to those on a chart, which fall into the categories of Underweight, Normal, Overweight, Obese and Morbidly Obese. A group of international researchers, however, are proposing that the BMI be replaced with a more detailed system, the Body Volume Index, or BVI. Using a 3D white-light scanner, the BVI identifies where the fat is distributed on a patient’s body, and how that compares to what’s normal.


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It seems as though these machines are ten years in the making, have just been rolled out recently, and they constitute a much more accurate representation of true obesity. I've always been told that the biggest risk factor in obesity is when fat is centralized over the stomach, and this could be a very effective tool for that purpose. I'm sure we've all heard stories of the BMI chart classifying people that are obviously healthy as obese, particularly children and young adults. I hope this becomes widely used.
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posted on Jan, 17 2011 @ 11:05 PM
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The BMI is useless. I know my type are a rarity, but the BMI does not work for people who lift weights. I'm 5'10 215 pounds and according to the BMI im morbidly obese.



posted on Jan, 17 2011 @ 11:39 PM
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Originally posted by Thyhorrorcosmic
The BMI is useless. I know my type are a rarity, but the BMI does not work for people who lift weights. I'm 5'10 215 pounds and according to the BMI im morbidly obese.


I hear ya. I'm probably not nearly as big as you but at 6'3 I look just fine at 209lbs right now because I work out and have muscle mass. Last caliper test was about 15-20 lbs heavier and was at 17% body fat. My biggest problem with BMI is because my legs are huge but you can barely even grab them with calipers at the thigh.

I would be curious to see how accurate this is but it sure seems easier to me for somebody to spend 15-20 bucks on fat caliper set or just get measured that way.

www.sport-fitness-advisor.com...



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