Body mass index (BMI) is an index widely used to define obesity. BMI does not always accurately indicate the degree of fatness. The degree of central fat distribution may be more closely tied to metabolic risks than BMI. Measurement of the degree of central fat distribution thus appears to be important for the early detection of subsequent health risks, even among those of normal weight. Waist-to-height ratio (W/Ht) corresponds better to metabolic risk than BMI.
*PLEASE NOTE: It’s important to avoid going by BMI alone since it’s not the most accurate form of measurement for lean, fit and healthy individuals who carry additional muscle mass. One of the best ways to receive an accurate reading of body fat is to use one of the effective methods like a Bod Pod, water displacement and DEXA scanning.