BMI index is not the best measure of overall health

BMI Is Not The Best Indicator Of Health

I wasn't aware of debate in the health community about measuring body mass (BMI) and how it is being used as a reliable indicator of a person's health. While it has been used that way for over a hundred years, it seems to miss much, such as frame size or other issues.

Biggest problems using BMI as a health indicator

As Vance Voetberg said in an article at the Epoch times,

The BMI assessment was initially developed to evaluate the health of large populations, offering a broad perspective on the overall fitness of society. In this context, the BMI assessment generally provides accurate results. However, when applied to assess individuals, as is now the standard practice, it falls short of providing a comprehensive picture of an individual’s health status.

BMI is measured by taking a person’s weight and dividing it by the square of his or her height. The final number is categorized into five groups: underweight, normal, overweight, obese, and severely obese.

The conventional understanding defines the “normal” range as indicative of metabolic health, representing a balance between being too skinny or too fat. While this reasoning is seemingly logical, it is an imperfect and imprecise method for measuring individuals’ health and fitness.
BMI chart
Since BMI is solely based on a person’s height and weight, it provides an incomplete fitness assessment. It fails to consider crucial factors such as muscle mass, bone density, overall body composition, and racial and sex differences.

That makes sense to me. I have a couple boys who are very lean bodybuilders who show up as "obese" on the BMI scale. They're not. And they find that annoying when applying for things like life insurance.

“...a bodybuilder may have a very high BMI but be very lean because their muscle is increasing their weight, which increases their BMI,” said Chris Masterjohn, who has a doctorate in nutritional science. Therefore, BMI “is not a measurement of health at all—it is a measurement of your weight and height.”
Research shows that higher muscle mass serves as a crucial indicator of improved health and longevity, positively correlating with an increased lifespan. On the other hand, excess fat is strongly associated with a significant reduction in life expectancy.

The BMI test was initially developed for population-level assessments, not individual evaluations

“One of the key flaws is that it is not great at taking into account variability in body composition,” said Dr. Tracy Richmond, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School with more than 10 years of experience conducting weight-related research.

“Individuals with higher BMIs can be healthy,” she noted, adding that using BMI alone to determine health risks can lead to overlooking individuals who may require further assessment, potentially misleading healthy individuals into believing they are overweight and misinforming others who may face serious health challenges.
“Individuals with low or normal BMIs are often given a ‘pass’ and assumed to be healthy,” Richmond noted. But people with “normal” BMI scores may have disordered eating and be at risk of anemia and micronutrient deficiencies, she added.

What is better than BMI for assessing fitness?

Margaret Ashwell... says that the waist-to-height ratio offers a valuable alternative to the BMI assessment in analyzing body composition and health. WHtR compares waist circumference to height, with the ideal ratio being less than half of a person’s height.
“WHtR is a better indicator of early health risk than BMI because it is a proxy for central adiposity,” Ashwell told The Epoch Times. “Fat stored in central depots is a risk factor for major metabolic diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease,” she added.
This simple method, Ashwell noted, accurately identifies the problem doctors should be looking for: the accumulation of fat. And given that increased exercise and muscle are associated with a smaller waist circumference, the WHtR assessment can distinguish between fat and muscle—unlike the BMI test.

There are a couple studies that have demonstrated that weight-to-height-ratio is a much better at assessing overall health. This 2021 study in "Frontiers in Public Health" showed WHtR more accuracy for predicting high blood pressure in people with Type 2 diabetes. And this study published at the NIH showed it is a better predictor of metabolic issues than the BMI.

“The simple message of ‘keep your waist to less than half your height’ can be applied to men and women and children of all ages in all ethnic groups,” Ashwell said.

The Best Ways to Measure Health

From the article:

While the WHtR test may offer advantages over BMI, it alone does not entirely assess an individual’s health and fitness.
Although a good WHtR score can be handy, it does not delve into other important aspects, such as potential nutrient deficiencies or elevated inflammation levels.
Therefore, Masterjohn suggests additional evaluations such as body fat analysis, fasting glucose measurement, lipid profile testing, inflammation markers like C-reactive protein, and a complete metabolic panel, blood count, and urinalysis to obtain a comprehensive understanding of one’s health.
Furthermore, he recommends a functional movement screen by a physical therapist or personal trainer to preserve optimal body functionality as people age.
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Barbara O'Neill is under fire and needs your help

Barbara O’Neill (Natural Healer) Is Under Fire, And You Can Help

I don't know if you're familiar with Barbara O'Neill or not. She's in the medical field and comes with a lot of controversy because of her positions on the pharmaceutical industry.

And right now, Barbara O'Neill needs your help.

You see, there is big money to be made in the pharmaceutical industry. If you've not lived under a rock for the last few years, you can see the apparent path of death and destruction that has followed in the wake of the "waxxines" and the resultant myocarditis, blood clotting and the like.

But it appears she is a target. More on that in a bit. But first, if you haven't heard this lady, you need to know about her and you need to follow her.

For a good primer on her approach to health and healing, check out this video.

Barbara O'Neill speaks about the true cause of disease

So why is Barbara O'Neill under fire? Why is she on the establishment's radar?

Well, it seems she has somehow (surprise) run counter to big pharma. According to a petition at

the HCCC prohibiting her to practice or speak, following false allegations from 2 people involved in a political difference with Barbara's husband Michael O'Neill, for his involvement in a party that opposes compulsory medication.  At least one of those making the allegations is an active member of the Australian Skeptics and the Friends of Science in Medicine, two organisations that use bullying and vilification extensively, and they are using the HCCC complaint process to punish or eliminate an opponent that has a differing ideology.  Barbara has never advised these people, or had personal contact with them - it is purely a bullying tactic.
The complaint uses broad terms and makes sweeping allegations that are merely theorising, and not in a single instance produces any harm or danger from any person that has been advised, treated, or had connections with Barbara and Misty Mountain Health Retreat.

So there you have it. Dirty politics and big pharma money have struck again. 

I'm not a particular fan of

But my frustration with the organization is more to do with what they do and don't allow on their site in general. And in spite of that, I evaluate the petitions as they come.

But I am a fan of natural medicine.

I've written elsewhere on this site about natural remedies and natural healing, and some of the alternative treatments that are out there that your doctor probably wants nothing to do with.

And I have some kids, and one of them is making tremendous strides in helping people reverse diseases that the pharmaceutical industry says are irreversible. And he is becoming a target of the establishment. But he's a brave one and he won't be silenced.

In spite of my frustrations with much of, they do have good petitions, sometimes. And this one, I think, is a good one.

Click HERE to see the petition to take a stand and make a case for this woman to be heard. 

As much as the big legal drug kings lied to us when they said, "we're not safe until everyone is vaccinated," there is a truth in their lie: that truth is that there is power in numbers.

On this one, you can help. 

For more info on Barbara O'Neill, find out more about her here.

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