Your body mass index (BMI) is a helpful tool to measure how under- or overweight you are—but may be of little use when it comes to determining potentially serious health risks. Researchers have found that individuals with a normal weight BMI, but a higher waist-to-hip ratio, face a higher risk of death—especially death from a cardiovascular disease.
I’ve never been a fan of BMI because it generalized too much to have any real value. The waist/hip ratio is better, but I’m still concerned about false positives. Body fat percentage is notoriously subjective, the experience for determining the percentage can be harrowing for those who are in the double digits… But I still can’t help but think it’s a personal and better assessment of health with respect to what the study provides for implications of body fat.
It’s a fine line to cross before it becomes fat shaming (which doesn’t work). But it is about preventative measures to minimize load on the health care system. Everybody wins when it works.