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What is the difference between BMI and Body Fat?

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C. Perez

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C. Perez
C. Perez, Writer, Writer, Cleveland

Answered Oct 15, 2020

BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is at the core of the medical community to determine what obesity is and what is overweight. Weight alone does not indicate overall health because a higher weight would be normal for a taller person, while the opposite is true for a shorter person who weighs the same amount. Body mass index is evaluated using height` in meters and weight in kilograms.

According to your BMI, the BMI table, published by the World Health Organization, shows the example of underweight, overweight, and obese. Body fat is not confined to the waist and has several references. Body fat can be separated into three groups. These include storage fat, which is in adipose tissue.

These are fats produced by excess energy from the waist, thighs, neck, buttocks, and inside the abdomen. Structural fats are contained in the cells and tissues. Brown fats are commonly found in children, and these fats are suitable as heat generators. Body fat is more accurate and imperative regarding a person’s general health.

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I. Muller

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I. Muller, Math Professor, North Carolina

Answered Oct 07, 2020

Body fat percentage is something that will determine the differences between fat and muscle. This will be effective in calculating the amount of body fat that can be found in the body. When you say body fat percentage, this is considered to be more accurate because this will provide you with details on how much body fat you still need to lose.

There are some who may base their body on their weight but sometimes, it is more useful to determine your body on the amount of body fat that you may have. BMI stands for Body Mass Index. This will determine if your current body weight will fall within the healthy range.

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E. Stanley

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E. Stanley, Technical writer, Indianapolis

Answered Sep 15, 2020

BMI stands for body mass index; it is used to indicate the overall fat content of a person's body. BMI is calculated by dividing an adult’s weight in kilograms by their height in meters squared. I.e. weight (kg)/ [height (m)]2.

The ranges in BMI include normal BMI ranges from 18.5-24.9, a patient with a BMI of less than 18.5 is underweight, a patient with a BMI of 25-29.9 is overweight, BMI greater than 30 –39.9 is considered obsessed,40 and above is considered morbidly obsessed.

Body fat is an important structural component of the body. Fat is stored in different places in the body, like muscles, organs. Fat is one of the macronutrients the body needs for proper functioning. Have little fat in the body is unhealthy and having a large amount of fat too is unhealthy.

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F. Ray

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F. Ray, Student, Kansas City

Answered May 06, 2020

The full meaning of BMI is Body Mass Index, which helps to show the total fat content in the human body. Body fat indicates the real amount of fat in the body, and its distribution as well as a crucial way of determining the healthiness of the body, either one is overweight or obese. To obtain the Body Mass Index (BMI) of a body, all you have to do is to divide the weight of a person's body by the height of that body.

BMI is generally calculated in percentages. However, if your BMI is less than 5 percent, you are considered underweight, while you will be considered overweight if your BMI is higher than 95 percent.

Body fat is quite essential for your body, and it forms about 4 percent of your body weight. Body fat is needed for your body organ to function well; too little or too much of it can be considered unhealthy. The appropriation in the fat of a body is determined by age and gender.

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