veryhrm, you are killing me...
If BMI is such a good indicator, explain how it gives the exact risk assessment to a couch potato and to a muscular athlete. According to BMI, every single NFL quarterback is overweight/borderline obese, and as such share the same risks as the couch potatoes.
Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, with his BMI of 27+; you really think that he has THE EXACT SAME health risks to somebody with no muscle and a big gut? Or would you think that his health risk would be closer to somebody with a similar WHR?
If you are strong, BMI fails. If you are skinny fat, BMI fails. It fails because it is meant TO AVERAGE A POPULATION! ANYTHING THAT IS NOT AVERAGE, IT FAILS!!!
Guess what, WHR actually accounts for all that. If you are skinny fat, your waist to hip ratio will show it. If you are a top level athlete, your hip to waist ratio will show it. If you are a strength trainee going a bit generous on the GOMAD, the hip to waist ratio will show that it ain't muscle you are building. There are still some extremes that makes it fail, but it certainly works better AT AN INDIVIDUAL LEVEL than BMI.
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, it is still there.
Last edited by devnull; 06-14-2012 at 07:46 PM.