Your humble scribe absolutely positively dislikes the venerable Body Mass Indicator (BMI) calculation to estimate obesity. I curse that Belgian Adolphe Quetelet whom invented the index in the mid-1800s. Why? Athletes like me – with low body fat are regularly and erroneously classified as overweight or obese.
And simple waist measures may NOT be accurate guesstimates of obesity (which we acknowledge as a MAJOR health risk – yes?).
Enter the waist to hip measure – see https://www.thecalculator.co/health/Body-Type-Calculator-242.html (which anyone can perform privately – all you need to do is shed your clothes and uses a flexible tape measure. Pick your body circumference just above your navel, then measure the widest spot around your hips.
Men – do your best to get your W-H ratio less than 1.0.
Ladies – strive for a W-H ratio less than 0.8 (even after childbirth).
Be more of a pear-shaped person than apple-shaped.
Yours in wellness,