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Educating Your Clients on Body Mass Index

For most individuals, getting healthy revolves around the idea of weight loss or weight management. Two-thirds of American adults are overweight, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. When you are counseling a client on weight or the use of weight loss aids, it’s important for the client to understand the issue of body mass index (BMI). The Calculations BMI is a complicated combination of numbers for most to understand. It is a calculation of a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of his or her height (in meters). Health care professionals like to use the BMI instead of other measurements of body fat as it is a simple way to assess body fat. Methods like bioelectrical impedance and underwater weighing are more precise, but BMI is a more common method to develop a general understanding of your health. The Numbers The numbers are where most clients will get caught up. How can the trust the number if it varies? The BMI is not a direct measure of body fat and can read incorrectly in the case of people who are very muscular. Muscle weighs more than fat, so someone who is very […] Read More