Interesting Myths & Facts about BMI

Dr. Amarjeet Bhatia    26-03-2021 Consult

Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to measure the body's fat on the basis of a person's weight in relation to height. The value derived from BMI determines whether the person is underweight, overweight, or has healthy weight according to the height. The higher BMI is a sign of too much weight while low BMI is a sign of too little fat on the body. Moreover, you can easily measure it by simply putting your height and weight on the online BMI calculator. Here are some myths and facts about BMI:

1. Myth: A low BMI means you are healthy.
Fact: Having a low BMI does not mean that you are healthy. People with low BMI are more prone to infections. Underweight is always linked with a weak immune system.

2. Myth: A high BMI increases the risk of a heart attack.
Fact: The amount of fat is associated with heart-related problems but not higher BMI.

3. Myth: Eating healthy and exercising means you'll have a low BMI.
Fact: Despite the healthy diet and regular exercise it is very important to maintain a healthy body but it is not related to a low BMI. 

4. Myth: You are healthy if your BMI is between 19 and 25.
Fact: As per the BMI scale, lower than 18.5 is underweight, between 18.5 and 24.9 is normal, 25 to 29.9 is overweight and 30 or above is obese. Sometimes there are some health issues that increase and decrease weight.

5. Myth: The BMI is an excellent measure of health.
Fact: The BMI isn't a great measure of health for everyone. When you focus only on the BMI you may miss the other problems. It is better to focus on healthy habits.