BMI Isn’t the Best Measure of Fitness

Being in shape is more important than shedding pounds for most men.

Measuring BMI only can provide a false assessment of your overall health.

Consult your doctor to make sure that your weight is not causing adverse affects to your cholesterol levels, blood pressure or any other vital measurements of your fitness level.

“In the study group, fitness may be more important than BMI,” says Gillinov, who is also a coauthor of the book Heart 411. “But it is dangerous to generalize.”
Some experts have questioned whether BMI provides an accurate picture of health, since people who are very muscular can have a high BMI without having excess fat. As Gillinov puts it, “LeBron James has a high BMI.”

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