Wellness Works!

January 2013

How Accurate is the Body Mass Index (BMI)?

This is the time of the year that many employers are sponsoring biometric screening events. This usually encompasses a lab panel, blood pressure reading and measurement of Body Mass Index (BMI). The BMI calculation usually includes height, weight, and waist circumference.

According to Wikipedia, “The body mass index (BMI), is a heuristic proxy for estimating human body fat based on an individual's weight and height. BMI does not actually measure the percentage of body fat. Body mass index is defined as the individual's body mass divided by the square of his or her height.