Exercise Myth Busters #21

The best measure of body fat is (BMI), the body mass index.
The body mass index (BMI) is a ratio of weight to height and does not correlate well with calculating body fat levels. The BMI is also less accurate in people with a muscular body type, some ethnic groups such as Pacific Islanders and the elderly as they lose height with age. A perfect example of this would be Ben Cousins who is an elite AFL footballer.  He is listed as 179cm tall and weighs 88kg and although he doesn’t have an ounce of fat on his body he achieves a BMI of 27.5 which according to the BMI scale suggests he is overweight.  Other body measures including waist circumference offer a much better estimate of body fat and will guide you toward your goals in a more accurate way.

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