BMI underestimates obesity- especially in woman
Sunday, April 15, 2012
A study released April 2nd said that 39 percent of the people classified as not obese by their BMI, actually were according to their body fat composition.
"we definitely underestimate the level of obesity in our Country" said Dr. Jon Schram, a bariatric surgeon for Spectrum Health (GR Guy!).
Particularly significant for women who lose muscle mass and bone density faster than men.
48% of the women and 22 percent of the men who were classified as healthy or overweight, were actually obese.
Only occasionally did the BMI misclassify someone as obese who wasn't and they were all men- 3% of the sample. (15)
"they need to start doing exercise to lose the fat mass, and they need to get on a strenght training routine to gain muscle mass, because muscle mass is going to increase metabolic rate and result in more calories being burned throughout the day" -