Body mass index doesn’t work for everyone
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Body mass index is defined by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as “a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.”
The problem with using BMI to determine one’s physical health is that it doesn’t take muscle mass into account.
Peter Hansen is a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a high school wrestler, weight has always been on Hansen’s mind, but he never had to worry about it. “I never had to work really hard to make my weight class like some wrestlers do,” Hansen said.
Andrew Nelson is a sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A native of Omaha, Nelson is spending his summer at home, working at Hy-Vee and doing Insanity in his parents’ garage.
“I work out a lot but I eat a lot, too, so it balances out,” Nelson said.