Today, more than ever doctor's are raising questions about the accuracy of the BMI Index. The BMI Index was first designed to provide a fast and efficient way to measure obesity rates on specific ages, weight levels, and gender based on each individuals's size. The BMI Index readings stated if you are between 18.5-24.9 you are considered to have a healthy weight, anything under 18.5 you are underweight, and anything above 30 you are overweight and obese.
However, considering someone obese at or above a 30 really isn't as accurate as they thought it would be. The reason for this is because there are all different heights, weights, and body types that are not overweight at all; yet, are considered so because of the BMI Index. This is due to bigger bone density, water, and extra muscles.
Consider this story:
A mother is outraged when her 9 year old daughter who is 4ft. 1in. tall weighing 66 pounds is told that she is overweight due to the BMI Index from her school health program in New York.
When is it then when a child is obese instead of overweight due to different circumstances? Today childhood obesity is a rising epidemic where children by the age of eight have already developed bad eating habits that can be harmful to their tiny bodies. This causes them to avoid activity, eat poorly, and make other poor lifestyle choices. This culture of children and youth with bad habits have created a generation of overweight children who are developing adult diseases as children. This is the first generation in the history of the world for children who will not out-live their parents unless they make major lifestyle changes due to poor eating choices and inactivity.
However, the difference between overweight and obese is that overweight means weighing too much and obese means having too much fat. Obesity is not the same as being overweight and this is why the BMI Index should be done with or re-evaluated.