You’ve probably heard of the BMI (Body Mass Index), which is a tool commonly used to determine if a person is at a healthy weight.
There’s a problem with that method – it is a simple height-to-weight ratio, and does not take into consideration one’s body composition. Athletes and bodybuilders with low body fat often are labeled as overweight or even obese on the BMI scale because they carry a lot of muscle.
Despite its flaws, the BMI has been used as a standard measure of individual health for years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a “healthy” BMI is 18.5-24.9, an overweight BMI is 25-29.9, and an obese BMI is 30 or higher.
The results of a new study are in, and the findings are very important for anyone who wants to achieve a healthy body composition to understand.