Body Volume Index
The Body Volume Index (BVI) is a proposed new and improved anthropometric measurement for healthcare and obesity. After three-years of successful and innovative validation from collaborators across the world, BVI was launched in October 2010.
Using a 3D scanner as opposed to manual measurement, BVI is specifically designed to calculate risk factors associated with a person's body shape and type, through analysis of weight and body fat distribution.
BVI is designed to be a potential long-term replacement to the Body Mass Index (BMI); BMI being the current recognised standard for measurement of the human body for obesity. Discussions are currently being undertaken with the appropriate stakeholders to formulate the most effective means of implementing BVI long-tem and a secondary phase of clinical evaluation is currently underway.
BMI, being based only on height and weight fails to take into account age, gender, body shape or body composition; all crucial factors when looking at obesity designation and associated health risks for the individual.
Measuring obesity in this technical age should be about accuracy, consistency and speed of delivery. BVI offers a potential long-term solution as a realistic and appropriate measure of individual health risk .