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It’s Time to Ditch BMI as a Measure of Obesity by laura entis

Body mass index has long determined what it means to be overweight. Invented in the early 1800s by a Belgian statistician, the measurement is used as a definitive benchmark: those with a score below 18.5 are underweight, those who fall between 18.5 and 24.9 are normal, those between 25 to 29.9 are overweight, and those 30 and higher are obese.

For years, medical professionals have taken issue with these cleanly drawn lines. The BMI scale, critics argue, is too simplistic to accurately reflect health on an individual basis.

Today, the Mayo Clinic adds its voice to the chorus. The medical care provider announced that is recommending a new system for measuring body composition and weight distribution: the Body Volume Indicator (BVI). Unlike BMI, which is formulated by comparing an individual’s weight in relation to his or her height, BVI considers “other crucial factors such as fat mass, lean mass, and weight distribution when determining an individual’s body composition,” Jose Medina-Inojosa, a cardiovascular research fellow at the Mayo Clinic, told Fortune. In addition to weight and height, information on waist-to-hip ratio, total body fat percentage, and abdominal volume is factored when determining a score.

These are harder metrics to measure than feet and pounds, of course, but technology has advanced since the 19th century. Select Research, a U.K.-based market research agency and pioneer in 3D body measurement, in cooperative development with Mayo Clinic, has launched an app to help people measure their BVI.

Here’s how it works: doctors take two photos of their patients, wearing just their underwear, from the front and from the side. After the photos are taken, they are turned into 3D body silhouettes, and sent to a backend server where the images are compared to a database compiled from thousands of MRI images, 3D body scans, and Cadaver information.

By cross-referencing 3D silhouettes of patients with this database, the app provides more detailed information on weight distribution and volume, particularly for the abdomen, the area of the body “associated with the greatest risk for metabolic disease and insulin resistance,” said Medina-Inojosa. An increasing body of research suggests that fat in the midsection, which blankets the organs, is associated with a higher likelihood of premature mortality than fat carried in other areas of the body. Two women could be the same weight and height, but if one carries most of the weight in her hips, while the other’s is distributed primarily in the stomach, the latter would be at greater risk of developing a host of health issues. Their BMIs would be identical, but because BVI considers weight distribution and the percentage of fat stored in the abdominal cavity, those numbers would be different.

Not only does BVI serve as a more granular measurement, but Medina-Inojosa believes it can also be used as a tool to improve motivation and accountability; it’s possible to gain muscle and change one’s overall body shape, without seeing a similar shift in BMI.

Most importantly, however, he hopes a new system will help people realize that “obesity is a complex disease not only defined by weight.” He’d like to see the conversation move beyond a fixation on pounds gained and lost.


Doctors have finally found a more accurate way than BMI to determine whether your weight is healthy

After you hopped off the scale at your last doctor’s visit, your physician might have shown you a colorful chart of your body mass index, or BMI.

The index, a measure of body fat based on your weight in relation to your height, can be traced back to the 1830s. Despite its popularity, it’s now understood to be a relatively crude measure of fitness.

Now there’s finally an alternative – and it solves the biggest problem with the BMI.

On Monday, a team of Mayo Clinic researchers released the Body Volume Indicator, or BVI, a new tool that could transform how we size ourselves up. The measurement is essentially a ratio comparing your total body volume with the volume of your abdomen, a measurement that can be taken manually or using an app.

While it might sound odd, our waists can provide key insight into our health, Jose Medina Inojosa, a preventive cardiology research fellow at the Mayo Clinic, told Business Insider.

Several studies have documented a link between high amounts of abdominal fat and an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. In a large 2012 study, researchers looked at data from more than 340,000 Europeansand found that people who were overweight and had large waists – 34.5 inches or more for women and 40 inches or more for men – had nearly the same risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as people who were clinically obese.

One of the most perilous pitfalls of BMIis that it doesn’t account for fat carried around a person’s abdomen. All it measures is height and weight, which is why some lean people with large amounts of muscle can have a BMI that would qualify as “overweight.” BVI is an important step toward answering some of these concerns, Medina Inojosa says.

Scientists still aren’t sure why excess fat around our middle is connected to negative health outcomes, but they think it has to do with how fat inside the body, known as visceral fat, mayinterfere with the normal functioningof our internal organs.

Public-health experts have known for years that the BMI isn’t a perfect tool for measuring physical fitness and that an improved metric would incorporate waist circumference.

“For health, the issue is not how much you weigh, but how much abdominal fat you have,” a 2005 Harvard Medical School blog post said.

To help people more easily assess their BVI, the body-imaging-technology company Select Research created acorresponding app that compares an image of a person taken from the side with an image of them head-on to estimate their BVI.

“By measuring weight and body fat with a focus on the abdomen,” Medina Inojosa said, the “BVI offers a new, enhanced potential diagnostic tool.”