BMI measures whether a person is at risk of overweight disease. But is BMI a reliable tool? Read about how Weight Watchers look at the matter.
What is BMI and what does it measure?
BMI is an abbreviation of Body Mass Index, and is a measure of weight-related health risk.
It is a tool that takes into account your weight in relation to your height in order to estimate the percentage of body fat. A high fat percentage is clearly associated with increased risk of certain diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, respiratory problems and some cancers.
Weight Watchers and Body Mass Index
Body Mass Index is a good tool for determining weight-related health risks. It is available to everyone because it only requires a simple mathematical calculation. The result is also easy to understand and interpret. It's considered to be amoungst the primary methods of measuring body fat, because other ways are often expensive and or difficult to access.
BMI is not always accurate
Of course there are times when BMI is not the best method. It does not take into account gender or age, nor to the amount of bone, muscles and organs in the body. Therefore, it is also not a crucial measure for certain groups, such as athletes and bodybuilders. For these people, it is more fair to use other methods that take into account the actual dimensions of the body. Many of these are quite demanding and you need to measure repeatedly to get a fair score.
How Weight Watchers can help
Weight Watchers Flex® is a safe way to lose weight. At the beginning of your weight journey it may valuable to be aware of your Body Mass Index , so you have an idea of your health risks in relation to your weight. With the help of Weight Watchers, you recommend that you lose weight at a rate of 1-2lb per week, without having to count calories or going hungry.
Feel free to measure your waist size to get a more complete picture of your weight. How to use:
- Use a tape measure
- Measure the waist in height with the navel, midway between the lower rib and the hip leg. Measure the waist in height with the navel, midway between the lower rib and the hip leg
- Stand relaxed with your legs slightly apart. Take a deep breath and breathe out just before you measure
- Measure without tightening the tape measure
Abdominal fat is defined as a waist measurement over 32"/88cm in women and over 40"/102cm in men.
However, even at a waist size of 31"/80cm in women, there may be an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. At 37"/94cm in men, there may be increased health risk in combination with other risk factors.