6 Ways BVI is a Better Indicator of Health Risk than BMI
Updated: Oct 8
The digital solution for calculating body fat distribution. Our revolutionary health technology collects anatomical statistics in real-time, meaning BVI can provide and define health data, acting as a tracking tool for current health initiatives.
Using BMI to measure whether you are healthy, overweight or obese is misleading. BMI does not work for everyone. There are some people who carry a lot of muscle and little fat or simply distribute the fat differently throughout their bodies so BMI does not give an accurate representation of health. Muscle is much denser than fat so they may end up with a BMI that classes them as obese, despite the fact they may be fit and healthy.
So how does BVI differ? In today’s blog, we will discuss 6 ways in which BVI is a better health risk indicator than that of its predecessor BMI…
Unlike other forms of health risk calculation, such as BMI, BVI is independent of ethnicity. Different ethnicities store fat in different ways, which is one reason why BMI does not work for everybody as it cannot differentiate between good and bad fats. BVI looks at body shape and where the fat is stored on the body, so does not need to consider the ethnicity.
BVI technology simplifies health assessment and removes the margin of human error present in traditional measurement methods. The powerful BVI digital tool calculates visceral fat, waist circumference, waist to hip ratio, total body fat and the BVI health risk index – all from a mobile device.
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BVI was developed to provide an alternative for traditional biomarkers of health risk, such as blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol and fasting bloods and is therefore predictive of the same markers but without the need for invasive costly testing.
Proven 40% increase in engagement and retention when used in Wellness programs/systems, whilst encouraging healthy behavioural changes.
Monitoring & tracking
The best way to lose weight is to make small, realistic changes to your diet and physical activity. The best way to achieve your goals is to monitor and track changes to your body composition closely. Understanding how these changes can improve your health and be able to monitor this digitally can encourage users as well as offer insights into their personal health.
Waist circumference can be used to indicate health risk for chronic diseases. When identifying health risk, it is recommended that you combine your BMI classification with your waist circumference as a measurement of disease risk. With BVI technology we incorporate waist circumference into our BVI Health Risk Index giving a better prediction of disease risk automatically.
As a single measure, BMI is clearly not a perfect measure of health. By applying our Body Volume formula, BVI technology is the only digital solution which can be integrated into your mobile apps or services to calculate health risk without the need for additional hardware.
BVI technology represents a new era in body composition analysis. Designed to replace BMI over time, BVI is globally accessible through our integration options. If you would like to learn more about how BVI can be integrated into your platform, system, app or EMR follow the button below.