A life in the day

10/5/2004

BMI update

Filed under: — site admin @ 2:03 pm

In a July entry I discussed my confusion about the units of the Body Mass Index (BMI). Yesterday the doctor told me that they are going to stop using the BMI within a year or so because it doesn’t properly measure muscle mass or bone structure. I didn’t ask who “they” were. ;-)

While it clearly wasn’t the most exact measure of body fat, it was an extremely simple one to make. The research I read said that there was a strong correlation with body fat percentage, which can measured, but not as easily. I wonder what they (them again!) will use to replace it as a simple test of whether someone is overweight .

3 Responses to “BMI update”

  1. Chuck Says:

    Pehraps BMI measuring tools will be replaced with a giant centerfuge, that… wait, that won’t work!

  2. Scott Sauyet Says:

    I think it might work very well. Our president is a fitness nut, right? Perhaps he might volunteer…

  3. Chuck Says:

    Hmmmm, I kind of like that idea ;)

Leave a Reply

Powered by WordPress