According to a new study from the University of Michigan in East Lansing, the most relied-upon way to measure a person’s fatness may not be so accurate after all.
Body mass index, or BMI, has become the most common method of determining if a person should be considered overweight. Normal-weight BMIs are typically recorded at 20-25; overweight BMIs are 25-30; obesity is typically concluded with BMIs over 30. This new study, however, indicates that BMI overestimates the fatness of male and female athletes as well as male non-athletes. Additionally, it says BMI underestimates the fatness of female non-athletes.
Reuters reports that the study’s authors call for adjusting BMI thresholds to more accurately reflect body composition. More appropriate BMI cut-off points for being considered overweight would be 27.9 for male athletes, 26.5 for male non-athletes, 27.7 for female athletes, and 24 for female non-athletes.
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