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Body Mass Index, an outdated health calculator – Deccan Herald

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For decades, people have been told that the Body Mass Index (BMI) is the most effective technique to measure a person’s body fat. But that’s not true! BMI can be a helpful health measure for large groups of people, but it won’t give an accurate individual health index.
Introduced in the 1830s by a Belgian statistician who wanted to describe the ‘average man’ quantitatively, the calculation was named the Body Mass Index and popularised in the 1970s by the Minnesota physiologist Ancel Keys.
Dr Keys wanted to prove to life insurance companies that estimating people’s body fat and their risk of dying cannot be determined by comparing their weights with the average weights of others of the same height, age, and gender. Through an extensive study, he and his colleagues showed that the BMI was a more accurate — and far simpler — predictor of body fat. This became the most popular technique to measure body fat. But this technique is quite deceiving.
How is BMI calculated? Take your weight (kg) and divide it by the square of your height (m). The result is meant to divide your body weight into four main categories – underweight (BMI less than 18.5 kg/m2), normal weight (18.5 to 22.9kg/m2), overweight (23 to 24.9kg/m2), and obese (25kg/m2 or more). People around the world, thin and overweight alike, have struggled to achieve the ‘perfect’ BMI.
So, the question is does it accurately describe individual health? BMI can’t tell what percentage of a person’s weight is from their fat, muscle or bone. The way BMI is calculated, it leaves no room for the relative proportions of bone, muscle and fat in the body. This explains why muscular athletes often have high BMIs despite having little body fat.
And as people age, it’s common to lose muscle and bone mass but gain abdominal fat, a change in body composition that would be concerning for health but might go unnoticed if it didn’t change a person’s BMI. The measure also does a poor job of predicting a person’s metabolic health.
For example, in 2016, a study was conducted in the US to understand the relation between BMI and metabolic health. This study found that measuring a person’s BMI does not consider the metabolic health of the individual.
The study including 40,000 adults in the US was found to be ‘overweight’ since researchers calculated their BMIs, keeping their insulin resistance, markers of inflammation and blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels in mind. A quarter of those classified as obese were metabolically healthy by these measures. However, 31% of people with a ‘normal’ body mass were metabolically unhealthy.
If BMI isn’t accurate, then what is? Don’t be entangled in the fatphobia concept. Rather than calculating body fats, people should check their blood glucose levels, triglyceride and blood pressure to ensure a healthy lifestyle and body. Rather than focusing on your weight, give importance to how you feel while carrying out physical activities.
If you know anyone struggling with body image issues, reach out to them and make them understand that having a healthy lifestyle is all that matters. BMI does not determine anyone’s physical health. It is a healthy lifestyle that will determine your overall health and wellbeing.
(The writers are a clinical nutritionist and a general physician respectively, at a hospital in Mumbai)
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Woman recounts shooting outside of Defined Fitness – KOB

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Griffin Rushton
Updated: January 10, 2022 09:42 PM
Created: January 10, 2022 04:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An early morning workout ended with panic and tears in southwest Albuquerque Monday after someone fired a gun outside the Defined Fitness on Central Avenue.
A woman – who wanted to stay anonymous – said it started around 9 a.m. with a loud bang. It didn't take long to realize it was a gunshot, but it's what happened next that has her questioning her membership.
“I'm still shocked just because it could have been someone who, who could have died in there,” said the woman. 
Hearts were pumping at the Defined Fitness near Central and Unser – but not because of a workout.
“We were starting to warm up, we heard a loud pop. And we thought maybe it was the speakers or the light bulb that busted. So we go and we take a look. And we hear the instructor scream and say, ‘Oh, my goodness,’”
She said that's when they noticed a bullet hole the size of a quarter in the wall and then, more gunfire.
“We start hearing more bullet shots. And so at that time, everybody just panicked and round ran out of the room.”
Albuquerque police confirmed there was a shootout between two cars behind the gym and a stray bullet hit the building. The woman says she's thankful no one was hurt, but is worried not enough people knew they were in danger in the first place.
“They should have evacuated and notified the members that something's going on, and please evacuate. Put more alert out there, versus letting everybody just sit there and continue to work out.”
Defined Fitness sent KOB 4 a statement saying the incident was unrelated to the gym and says it’s still a safe place for its members. But this is not the first time gym-goers have voiced concerns about safety at this location.
Back in November, KOB 4 spoke to a woman who said someone broke into her car in broad daylight and claimed Defined Fitness was not doing enough to keep its members safe.
Both women said they are not sure if they'll ever return to this location.
“I think I'm taking a little break from this gym, just so I can refocus and find my comfort again. So it'll be a while before I returned to this location.”
An APD spokesperson said the gym's security footage has been reviewed and there are no leads on a potential suspect.

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Jadakiss Explains Why Living “Healthy Is Gangsta” – Vibe

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“There’s nothing corny about wanting to live.”
By DeMicia Inman
Staff Writer, News
Jadakiss offered his definition of a gangster during an episode of the Facebook Watch series The Pull Up. In a clip shared on the rapper’s social media, he explains how his lifestyle choices has made being healthy the cool thing to do, and why everyone should take a similar route.
“I think healthy is gangsta,” the 46-year-old rapper exclaimed.
He continued, “Everybody want to be tough guys and this and that, and rich. If you not healthy, you can’t be alive to spend your money. If you not healthy, you can’t enjoy the party, you can’t enjoy the perks of life, you won’t be here to see your kids graduate, to see ’em score they first touchdown, to see things like that. So health is more important than anything.”

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He continued to share how his fellow members of The Lox all maintain a health-conscious lifestyle.
“My brothers, Styles, and Sheek… Sheek been working out forever. Styles been on us to eat right and live right. So it’s a collective lifestyle that you gotta live and there’s nothing corny about wanting to live.”
The rappers not only encourage healthy habits among each other but have created space for others to do the same. In February, Styles P discussed the importance of why he decided to open Juices For Life in the Bronx with Good Morning America.
“It is important that you take care of the forgotten. Obviously, this started with us being because we’re from a Black and brown community,” said Styles. “We’re from a poverty community, but why does that mean we don’t have to eat right?”
He continued, “It’s not about being a vegan, it’s not about being plant-based, that’s not what I’m pushing on people, we push balance and health,” said Styles. “It’s about the people.”
View the full episode of Pull Up with Jadakiss featuring Lil Cease below.
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