BMI vs Body Fat %

So what is the difference between BMI (Body Mass Index) and body fat percentage?

BMI is a measure of someone’s shape based on weight and height. The formula is weight in KG’s/ height in meters2. (kg/m2).

Body Fat percentage is the weight of body fat on your body divided by your total body weight. That gives you what percent of your body is fat. Body fat percentage is a more accurate module for health. Excess body fat leads to many diseases such as: Heart disease, Obesity, Diabetes, Cancers, High Blood pressure and more.

It is possible to have a healthy BMI yet a poor body fat percentage. That would be a thin person with excess body fat. This is not good or healthy. It is also possible to have a high BMI and a low body fat percentage. This would be a very muscular individual. Which would be more ideal.

The best way to know if you are healthy is the body fat test. If you would like to know your body fat percentage contact leading fitness and injury rehab specialist Pat Fleming of Fleming Fitness at 613-882-8434.

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