Measurin’ Up

Kobe Bryant is Overweight

Your Body Mass Index or “BMI” is one of the best simple methods for assessing if you are overweight or obese.  Because the calculation requires only knowing your height and weight, it is inexpensive and easy to use.  BMI is a fairly reliable indicator of body fatness for most people. BMI does not measure body fat directly, but research has shown that BMI correlates to direct measures of body fat, such as underwater weighing and x-ray absorptiometry.  BMI also allows you to compare your own weight status to that of the general population.

 

So, back to Kobe …

Based on Kobe’s height and weight, his BMI would fall just above the “healthy” weight range with a BMI of 25.1 into the “overweight” category.  So does BMI really mean anything when someone as fit as Kobe can be called overweight?  How can it be a valid measure for weight-related health problems?  First, read up on BMI by following the link below:

 

BMI infoclick here

 

It’s important to consider ways of supplementing the value of BMI…

 

BMI alternativesclick here

 

BMI is not a perfect way to measure body fatness or to assess all weight-related health risks.  It is one piece of the puzzle, one that with other measures such as waist circumference, family history, lifestyle, and measures of blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides, help us understand and therefore reduce personal risk factors for disease.

 

Adding waist and hip measurements to the puzzle can show not only show weight compares to height, but where that extra weight is located.

 

Body Shapeclick here

 

So by BMI measurement alone you might not be able to distinguish a player like Kobe Bryant from coach potato, but waist and hip measurements will show the difference!