Measuring Tape Better than the Scale for Identifying Obesity

Woman Checking Waistline

The number on the scale doesn’t give the best account of your health, according to a new study. It finds that a more effective method for identifying overweight is the waist-to-height ratio:

Science Daily: Waist-To-Height Ratio More Accurate Than BMI in Identifying Obesity, New Study Shows

To get your ratio just measure your waist and divide it with your height. Learn more about how to do it and recommended results here.

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One Comment

  1. SteveM
    Dr. Eenfeldt, thank you for again pointing out the obvious. Calculating BMI as a simple function of height and weight is about the crudest estimate possible. A 40+ friend, ex-college athlete who still weight trains and looks fit was told by his doctor that he was at risk because of his weight, (which is largely muscle). The physician simply looked at two numbers, (height and weight) and made a generalized pronouncement that was way off the mark.

    Moreover, your waist measurement method is trivial to do. I don't get not using that as the standard assessment.

    BTW, I went on an LCHF program and count belt notches as a progress measurement, which is somehow more psychically satisfying.

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