Fat No, here's proof you're just big-boned
10:02 GMT, 20 August 2012
Measuring up: A new way to calculate if you are obese is being developed
If you’re one of the legions of slim, fit and healthy people whose BMI (Body Mass Index) makes them ‘technically’ overweight, this story will be music to your ears. A new test is about to launch — called the ABSI.
BMI is calculated by dividing your weight (in kilograms) by your height (in metres) squared. It has been widely criticised for years.
‘The BMI is flawed because it doesn’t take into account where you carry fat or how muscular you are,’ says Sue Baic, a dietician from Bristol University.
‘A woman with a fat stomach, thick
waist and skinny arms and legs could be deemed a healthy weight — yet
people who carry fat around their mid-section are more at risk of heart
disease, diabetes and even certain cancers.’
there’s the ABSI (A Body Shape Index), which experts claim is a better
indication of whether a person has a ‘hazardous body shape’.
Flawed: The BMI system has been criticised as the way it is worked out means fit and healthy people can be deemed 'technically' overweight
calculate your ABSI you take your waist measurement (in centimetres)
and divide that by the square root of your height (in centimetres)
multiplied by the square of the cube-root of your BMI. Gulp!
a very complicated formula!’ says Sue. ‘But an online calculator is in
development. I think it’s a brilliant measure of how healthy you are and
it could end up replacing BMI.’