BMI isn’t the only measurement you should look at
BMI stands for body mass index and is based on your weight and height. BMI is one of the measurements of personal health and has been used extensively to determine whether or not you’re weight is in the healthy range.
The idea behind BMI measurements is that they’re supposed to estimate the amount of body fat you’re carrying on your body based on your weight and height. BMI is broken down into four categories:
- Underweight: BMI under 18.5
- Normal: BMI between 18.5 – 24.9
- Overweight: BMI between 25 – 29.9
- Obese: BMI of 30 or higher
Traditionally, physicians have considered BMI as one of the best measurements when it comes to determining whether a person is obese. However, more and more physicians have started to question its accuracy as well as its usefulness.
One of the issues with using BMI to measure body weight is that it doesn’t distinguish between fat and muscle. Muscle tends to be heavier than fat, so a more muscular person may actually have a higher BMI because their muscle tissue pushes up their weight even though they don’t carry a lot of body fat.
Another drawback with BMI is that it doesn’t distinguish between different types of fat which have their own unique metabolic effects on your health. Visceral or belly fat is stored within your abdominal cavity and around a number of internal organs such as the liver, pancreas, and intestines. Visceral fat can increase your risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Other measurements to consider
Rather than focusing on one measurement of personal health, tracking several of your vital signs over time can provide you with a more accurate assessment of your current health. For example, your total body water percentage is an indicator of good health. Measuring body water percentage can provide you with important data which can help you reach your goals of building lean muscle, reducing fat, and increasing total body water percentage by eating a healthy diet, drinking more water, and adopting a more active lifestyle.
The Ivy Health Body Analysis Scale provides you with accurate measurements of not only your BMI, but seven other important body values including total body fat, visceral fat, body water percentage, BMR, bone and muscle mass, and current weight. Our simple and easy-to-understand graphs and charts make it easy to analyze your progress, and, when used in conjunction with our free app, you can share the data from the scale with your doctor to monitor your health and prevent problems before they have a chance to occur.
How to get those measurements
With Ivy Health’s body analysis scale, you can now get to know yourself on the inside as you work toward improving your total health.
By providing you with the ability to monitor the condition of your body on a daily basis, our body analysis scale and our wearable smart health devices allow you to take a more proactive role in maintaining your overall health.