Making Sense of your BMI
A person’s Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure calculated by using the ratio of body weight to height. BMI is measured in kilograms per meters-squared. BMI does not take into consideration body composition, however. As a result, we generally like to perform both a BMI and Body Fat Percentage screen on all of our clients to give a more complete picture of weight-related health status.
BMI does not factor in a person's body composition. Individuals with above-average muscle mass may score high on the BMI scale while still being very healthy and having a low-risk of developing BMI-related conditions. However, as an overall health metric BMI is a generally reliable indicator of health risk.