Body Volume Index

The Body Volume Index (BVI) is a proposed new anthropometric measurement indicator for healthcare and obesity. After three-years of successful and innovative validation from collaborators across the world, BVI was launched in October 2010 as a test product with full launch expected in 2016.

Using 3D technology 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, with particular focus on abdominal volume; the area associated with the greatest risk.

BVI is designed to be a potential long-term enhancement 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-term 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. Body Volume, as an indicator of health, offers a potential long-term solution as a measure of individual health risk .