I make it a three-tier approach, Shilstone says. I first look at what your BMI is to point me in a direction. Then I want to know what your total percentage of body fat is. BMI and body fat dont go one to one, but the outcome can be the same. Then after I go to body fat, I want to know where you store your fat. All the research points to the waist measurement from the belly button as the single most predictor of disease there is.
Shilstone isnt alone in questioning the publics over reliance on BMI. Too often, people consider only what their individual BMI in determining how healthy they are. They dont take into account their physical activity, diet and how they feel.
Check out our upcoming issues health feature A Numbers Game to find out what other experts think of BMI and if its possible to have a BMI above normal and still be healthy.