-Dr. Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
Body Mass Index is often used to determine whether one is obese or not. However, new research shows that BMI is not the best method for those over the age of seventy.
The research states that to determine the health of an elderly person, it is best to look at the ratio of waist to hip. This is more accurate than a BMI because the body undergoes physical changes that alters body proportions. This survey was conducted by the UCLA School of Medicine.
A similar survey was done in London in 2006. Obesity can lead to premature mortality because it has serious health consequences.
It is helpful for all those above seventy to note that using BMI as an indication of being healthy is not valid. Instead, observing the ratio from waist to hip will give senior citizens a better idea if they are in good health or not.