What is BMI?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a widely used measure, the NHS and your GP will use it. It is a historical way of assessing your body mass using your height and your weight. It is becoming less popular as it does not take into account your body composition.
Why is it important?
It is a useful measure to be aware. For most adults an ‘ideal’ BMI is in the range 18.5 to 24.9. If a BMI is 25 or more this can indicate an over the ideal weight/height ratio.
If your scan indicates a higher than recommended BMI talk to one of the staff about your body composition and whether or not you need to consider making some lifestyle changes. BMI does have its limitations for example many bodybuilders or sportspeople can have a high BMI due to increased amounts of muscle mass raising overall body weight. However, more often, people with a high BMI carry higher than recommended levels of fat.