Slate.com recently published an article discussing the outdated use of the Body Mass Index (BMI) test as a measure for obesity. The inexpensive and ease with which the BMI can be calculated has contributed to the growth and popularity of this measure amongst researchers and doctors. Unfortunately, though it has become common knowledge that the BMI test as a measure of body fat percentage over-simplifies how and what it means to be healthy, few doctors are willing to give it up. Calculated by taking a person’s weight (measured in kilograms) and dividing it by the squared value of your height (measured in meters), the BMI test makes assumptions about your health based purely on your height and weight. Though it is important to calculate and be aware of your body fat percentage, the current equation used to calculate BMI is too simple. It provides a rather inaccurate representation of a person’s health. More than height and weight, there is a plethora of other characteristics (such as gender, race, distribution of body fat, etc.) which contribute to your health.
Instead, the article calls for the use of alternative and more accurate ways of calculating body fat percentage, suggesting the incorporation of waist circumference measurements as a “supplement to, or replacement for, the body mass index”. This is where our Advanced BMI Calculator comes into play. Unlike the traditional BMI test, our Advanced BMI Calculator tool (which can be found in our Care Tools section) provides you with two important numbers when reflecting upon your weight; your BMI and Waist-Hip Ratio (WHP). The two numbers calculated reflect the estimated impact of a person’s present weight and the shape of their overall health.
How does this BMI calculator differ from others?
Simply put, it takes gender and body fat distribution into consideration when calculating how your weight affects your health, rather than just your height. This provides a more comprehensive overview of your weight and health.
What is the significance of the WHP?
WHP indicates weight distribution, commonly referred to as body shape, which plays a role in a person’s health.
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