Are Body Mass Index (BMI) Charts Effective Enough?
The most common method of measuring ideal weight is the height and weight chart. These charts, guide you how much you should weigh based on your height. Though these charts are still popular, they are very ambiguous, specially to sportsperson and bodybuilders who carry more muscle than most people do. ‘Ideal weights’ from height-weight charts do not take body fat into account; therefore, they cannot accurately recommend how much you should weigh. Body Mass Index (BMI) is another common way to determine whether someone is at a ‘healthy weight’. Like the height and weight charts, BMI is a valueless measure of fitness because it takes only height and weight into account. In addition, it does not take into account fat versus muscle tissue. Body builders and other sportsperson carry more lean body mass than the average person and will therefore be classified as overweight if BMI is used as the criteria for determination. The primary objective to measure body fat percentage is so you can dis