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Calculate Body Adiposity Index! This body adiposity index (BAI) calculator determines your body fat percentage (it could also be called a percentage body fat calculator because your body adiposity index and your body fat percentage represent the same thing). Your body adiposity index is a measure of the percentage of your total body mass that is composed of fat (as opposed to fat-free mass which includes everything else other than fat that makes up the body).
When using this calculator it is important to keep in mind that, although most people are typically concerned that their body adiposity index may be too high, it can also be unhealthy to have a body adiposity index that is too low. A body adiposity index classification table, displayed below the calculator, provides a guideline for what body adiposity ranges are considered to be underweight, healthy, overweight, and obese.
- Body Adiposity Index Calculator
Instructions for this Body Adiposity Index Calculator
No physical exertion is required for this Body Adiposity Index Calculator. You simply need to enter your Hip Circumference, Height, into the form below.
♣ Body Adiposity Index Classifications:Body adiposity index classification ranges for men and women, as outlined by Gallagher et al., are shown in the table below.
Body Adiposity Index Classifications for Women Age (years) Underweight Healthy Overweight Obese 20 - 39 Less than 21% 21% to 33% Greater than 33% Greater than 39% 40 - 59 Less than 23% 23% to 35% Greater than 35% Greater than 41% 60 - 79 Less than 25% 25% to 38% Greater than 38% Greater than 43% Body Adiposity Index Classifications for Men Age (years) Underweight Healthy Overweight Obese 20 - 39 Less than 8% 8% to 21% Greater than 21% Greater than 26% 40 - 59 Less than 11% 11% to 23% Greater than 23% Greater than 29% 60 - 79 Less than 13% 13% to 25% Greater than 25% Greater than 31%
The equations used by this calculator to determine your body adiposity index are shown below.
BAI = (HC / (HM)1.5) - 18
BAI = Body Adiposity Index
HM = Height in Metres
HC = Hip Circumference in Centimetres
♣ Regulation of Body Adiposity and the Problem of Obesity:The consumption of a meal is a voluntary act over which we exert conscious control, from which we derive pleasure, and in which we all have occasionally overindulged. It seems intuitively obvious, therefore, that obesity should reflect a behavioral rather than a physiological disorder. This perception is sanctioned by cultural standards of attractiveness that emphasize “thinness” and by an aversion to obese individuals, a combination that fosters a climate in which the individuals are often held accountable for their level of adiposity. Physicians advising their obese patients to reduce their weight without acknowledging the regulated nature of body adiposity may inadvertently further this belief. Moreover, this approach leaves obese patients vulnerable to a sense of guilt or personal weakness if lost weight is regained, because they feel they failed to meet an important challenge. Until it is possible to intervene effectively in the biological processes regulating body weight, perhaps it is time for the medical community to reassess its approach to the problem of obesity. We suggest that most obese patients will benefit more from interventions aimed at modest weight reduction and/or maintenance of weight stability (such as low-fat diets and exercise programs) than from the use of caloric restriction.
♣ Adiposity and Obesity:In a new position statement, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) introduced a novel term for obesity — adiposity-based chronic disease (ABCD) — which frames it as a far-reaching, complications-centric chronic disease.The statement, published online December 14 in Endocrine Practice, redefines the medical diagnostic term for obesity and shifts the emphasis to the pathophysiological effects of excess weight rather than the weight and/or body mass index (BMI) itself.The "adiposity-based" component of ABCD points to abnormalities in the mass, distribution, and/or function of adipose tissue, whereas the "chronic disease" part underscores associated complications such as hypertension, diabetes, and sleep apnea that produce morbidity and mortality.The authors, led by Jeffrey I Mechanick, MD, president of the ACE and clinical professor of medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, argue that ABCD represents a structured approach to reducing disease risk and illness burden through improved nutrition, increased levels of physical activity, and behavioral interventions."It allows a more robust ability for diagnostics based not only on weight and height and waist circumference, but also body imaging and molecular biology," Dr Mechanick told Medscape Medical News.The term ABCD grew out of the 2014 AACE/ACE Consensus Conference on Obesity, where participants from biomedicine, government agencies, the health industry, and professional organizations acknowledged a disconnection between use of the term obesity in relation to the health of individuals.Also, the stigma associated with the term was recognized as a barrier to successful disease management.
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