BMI and Body Fat Percentage For Health

Posted by Revive Personal Training on November 05, 2010

BMI and Body Fat Percentage For Health
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Getting to grips with weight management is a tough journey. To set your goals and chart your progress you have to measure your current state and keep measuring.

Measurements, like BMI, hip to waist ratio and girth measurements, along with before and after photos and body fat percentages, and scales, are the most commonly used measuring tools. Useful yes, but they must be used in conjunction. While these tools are great for weight control they can also be used as a health assessment.

The point of taking body measurements should be, to create a picture of your composition. How much muscle mass compared to body fat do you carry? The phrase “fat skinny” is a reference to this comparison. Being skinny does not mean fit or healthy – it just means a BMI of a certain range and a socially valid body shape, it doesn't reflect body fat. If the focus is on weight loss then you need to know your body fat and muscle mass ratio to ensure you are losing body fat and not muscle.

The World Health Organisation and the National Institutes of Health (USA) define obesity as more than 25 per cent body fat in men and more than 35 per cent body fat in women.

Girth measurements allow for another layer of understanding. Using hip and waist ratios we can assess another of the tricky body fat issues. Full hips for girls are fine. We might not like it, but it doesn’t represent a health risk like abdominal fat does. The hip to waist ratio for men it should be no higher than 0.90, and for women, 0.83. So a waist of 100 divided by hips of 116 gives a ratio of .86 which would put this individual at greater risk of lifestyle related illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.

The waist measurement has become an increasingly valid measure of health. Australian measurements are 94cm plus for men and 80cm plus for women being the danger zones.

Using a combination of these measures (I would also include blood pressure here) can help track weight loss and health status. Setting goals and charting progress also needs this information.

 


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