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Is Your Inaccurate BMI Costing You Money?

Jaclyn Hughes

With just two months into 2016 already, millions of people that swore to lose weight and get healthy this year are checking out their BMI levels. BMI is your “body mass index” is the measurement derived from your height and weight data. The BMI findings have been rather controversial over the past few years as science gives us better resources to manage our weight, but many physicians still go by the book when referring to patient’s BMI levels and advising them if they are or are not overweight.

Many have felt that their BMI didn’t portray an honest description of their overall health status. Take for example, a female that is very muscular. Her weight may be high and her height may be short; so by BMI standards, she could very well be labeled as “overweight”, which would be a dishonest portrayal of who she is. The same theory applies to those who may be very tall and just have a thin frame. They may be labeled as underweight or as having a very low BMI that just isn’t very accurate.

If you’ve found yourself scratching your head over your BMI results, you may need to reevaluate them with someone who specializes in this type of data. A brand new study provided by the Journal Sentinel, reports that millions of Americans who were once pronounced as overweight, are actually more along the healthy side.

The research team at University of California advised in their study that many employers were actually swindling high costs of health insurance costs based upon inaccurate BMI findings.

Basically, it’s been widely known that anyone over a 30 BMI is placed into the “obese” category, and anyone that falls in between the 18.5 to 24.9 range is considered to be healthy. In the past decade, many researchers have found this practice of finding one’s BMI and labeling them healthy or not has been a deeply flawed practice.

Millions of people have either been placed into an unfair ranking of poor health, when in actuality, they were healthy and vice versa. You can be 10 pounds overweight and be incredibly healthy, or in horrible health; regardless of what the BMI states. Take into account those that have dreadful eating habits that you just cannot see from taking a BMI, but at first glance they may appear healthy. Their arteries could be clogged up like Los Angeles traffic at rush hour, or someone that smokes heavily and so forth. Health should never be solely measured by one’s BMI.

If you are one of the employees that may be paying 30% of your health insurance costs due to an unfair BMI record, always try to get a more accurate picture of your health and take it to get a second opinion. There is no sense in being penalized to pay for these costs if you truly are in better health than the records are indicating.

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