It’s All in the Neck

Heyyy! Happy hump day, friends! Having a good week so far? Doin’ pretty peachy here.
For some reason, though, I was a ball of nerves – even after my blood work came out A-OK. After lunch I started feeling better, but I hate that feeling, nonetheless.

After my part time gig at the BIC (love saying that!) I had another client to train before I took Niko for an evening walk.

Dinner was my version of what I imagine Whole Foods hot and cold bar to be.

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I selected spinach,avocado, zucchini, cucumber, homemade lentil sun veggie burger, and vegetarian baked beans.

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And some cole slaw on the side.

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You can see me in the place mat! hehe

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It’s all in the neck

There’s a new study out that says the circumference of one’s neck could be a more accurate measure of obesity than Body Mass Index (BMI.)  BMI, although the standard measure for assessing obesity, has it’s drawbacks.

BMI uses height and weight as its criteria, and we all know that those aren’t the only factors in determining if one is overweight or not. This is especially true in athletes or extremely fit people. According to BMI, they would be overweight for their height, when in reality, their body fat is actually very low. It does however, provide a general number that’s somewhat easy to grasp and is able to be put in a table to MEAN something when determining health.

Although there are other areas of the body that could be measured to assess obesity, measuring the neck would be fairly easy and accurate for someone who is untrained at taking body measurements.

I typically do a 7 point measurement in the initial assessment for my clients who choose to have their measurements taken prior to working out. However, I also just got my Lange body fat caliper and can’t wait to add in body fat % for those who desire to know as well!

What are your thoughts on BMI? It can be useful, but in order to get a more comprehensive and accurate reading, more criteria need to be considered. Fortunately, there are more tools out there than just BMI! :)  

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