Houston, TX (PRWEB) May 21, 2012
Diet Doc has added a free, simple tool to their website that allows the reader to calculate their own Body Mass Index or BMI. Your BMI is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI is a fairly reliable indicator of body fat for most people. BMI does not measure body fat directly, but research has shown that BMI correlates to directly with other clinical methods of measurement such as underwater weighing and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, neither of which is readily available to the public. BMI is considered an alternative for these obscure methods of measuring body fat. Figuring out your BMI is an inexpensive and easy-to-perform method of screening for weight classification that may lead to health problems, as well as determining a need to lose weight. Now that can be done for free with a visit to HCGtreatments.com the Diet Doc Weight Loss website.
Even the CDC uses BMI to measure overweight and obesity trends in the country, states Diet Doc Director Julie Wright.
Calculating BMI is one of the best methods for population assessment of overweight and obesity. Because calculation requires only height and weight, it is inexpensive and easy to use for clinicians and for the general public. The use of BMI allows people to compare their own weight status to that of the general population, and help determine if they need to lose weight.
BMI is used as a screening tool to identify possible weight problems for adults. However, BMI is not a diagnostic tool. For example, a person may have a high BMI. However, to determine if excess weight is a health risk, a healthcare provider would need to perform further assessments. These assessments might include evaluations of diet, physical activity, family history, and other appropriate health screenings, but it is a place you can start on your own.