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3 reasons why BMI is not an accurate measure of your health or body weight — and what to use instead – Business Insider Australia

Body mass index (BMI) is one of the most popular ways to measure body composition as it pertains to health. However, research indicates BMI is not the most accurate…



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  • BMI is not an accurate predictor of health because it does not account for body fat percentage or body fat distribution.
  • In addition, BMI cannot accurately predict the health of different demographics and races because it was created with data from only white Europeans.
  • Measurements that are more accurate than BMI at predicting health outcomes include blood pressure, waist circumference, and cholesterol levels.
  • Visit Insider’s Health Reference library for more advice.

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