Is the BMI same for Men and Women?
That is a great question. While we all have doubts about the validity of the BMI. We know that men have more muscle weight, and bigger, heavier bones even when the same height as women. However, we also know that women can carry more body fat before health issues arise. In fact, if a woman weighs the same as a man of ‘normal’ weight, with the same height, but she has a higher body fat percentage and lower amount of lean muscle mass, she is not necessarily at any increased health risk over the man.
Remember, the BMI scale was designed as a screening tool for potential health issues. If both men and women begin experiencing more health issues when outside the 18.5–24.9 range, then the range is appropriate for both.
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