There is no denying that being overweight or obese can put you at a greater risk of developing serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.
However, the efficacy of using a Body Mass Index (BMI) formula to monitor body weight continues to be a hotly debated topic. Research has shown that BMI accuracy is around 88%, and some feel that this is not sufficient. One of the key arguments against using the BMI principle is that muscle is much denser than fat.
This means that highly muscular people (for example, heavyweight boxers, weight trainers, and athletes) may be at a healthy weight but their BMI could fall into the obese category. Another concern is that certain ethnic groups are at a higher risk of developing some weight-based, long-term chronic conditions, and most basic BMI calculations do not take this into account.
The BMI Calculator App enables users to monitor both BMI and their percentage body fat, thus allowing for natural variations of a person’s body shape, and to some extent, quashing the concerns mentioned above. This App uses a unique approach through blending the BMI formula of renowned D.R. Miller and the principles of body fat percentage based on the findings from scholar Paul Deurenberg.
The App permits users to update their personal profile before determining their BMI and percentage of body fat. The calculations are carried out by inputting specific data, including gender, age, height, and weight. The App supports both metric and imperial measurements for ease of use. As well as advising of your BMI category, the app additionally establishes your ideal weight. The set-up is color-coded for user-friendliness and also includes a cheeky message letting you know whether you’re in great shape or if it’s time for a run!
The BMI Calculator App is free to download and offers enhanced in-App purchases.
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