The purpose of a BMI calculator is to formulate, through gauging an individual’s weight and height, what a medically ‘reasonable’ and responsible weight is. While this formula is designed with preventing illnesses and unhealthy eating habits, it is being discovered to be less and less credible through scientific research.
A recent study conducted by Canadian scientists and practitioners jointly demonstrated that those, including women, that were labeled as ‘obese’ were just as prone to earlier death, cardiovascular disease, and Type 2 diabetes as that of those considered ‘severely obese’ or beyond.
Most interestingly, through the various age test-groups, it will discovered and considerably significant that individuals in the earlier years, or 20s to 30s can in fact benefit from a little ‘extra fat’ around the waist or in other places. In fact, such additional fat or weight can serve as an ideal storage so to speak to cover an individual and his or her body through illness or other eating habit changes—not to exclude physical fitness. Therefore, while fitness is optimal for feeling good a being healthier, it is not a guarantee to lose all of your fat—nor is this necessary in most cases.
If indeed, this is the case, then scientists and researchers alike are confident advising the public to not only reevaluate the credibility of the BMI Calculator, but also take into consideration the bigger picture, and that it does not effectively dictate the most healthy eating habits, lifestyle, fitness, or potential for individuals—specifically those of a younger age.
On the other hand, it was also discovered that individuals whom had a verifiable history of consistent physical fitness, strength, and other cardiovascular activities at a younger age were less prone to Diabetes 2 and other illnesses or hardships at a later age. Unfortunately, the research also consequently showed that those that were 50 or older, did not benefit nearly as much from shifting their diet or creating a fitness routine—implying that some of the most important biochemical changes take place at a younger age, including bone mass growth and strength.
While this is not to say that those that pursue a healthier diet or fitness at a later age do not reap benefits, what it does demonstrate is that it takes more than just a few years of ‘good behavior’ to really reap the benefits of a healthy body.
The BMI calculator showed additional concerning abstract by unreliably failing to yield results or any credibly scientific warnings of Diabetes 2, heart-problems, and other health-related issues pertaining to weight when taking into consideration the combination of weight and age.
Ultimately, anyone serious about their health, as well as those responsible for ensuring it, should consider more closely the exact details of their dieting habits, as well as physical fitness routine or lack thereof, towards obtaining a healthier body, mind, and potential to avert sickness and diseases in the future.
Although there are plenty of individuals of older age with poor habits or health, and they make it through their lives rather healthy and without diseases, this is often more related to genetics and not a blanket-guarantee for the population in general nor a very reliable scientific approach to caring for and preventing such into the future.