Body Adiposity Index (BAI)

The body adiposity index (BAI) is a method of measuring the amount of body fat (Bergman et al. 2011). The BAI is unique compared to other methods for measuring ideal weight as it is calculated without using a measure of body weight. Instead, it uses the size of the hips compared to the person's height. It is also interesting that the resultant index value can be equated to the actual percent body fat. The BAI is presented as an alternative to the Body Mass Index, which is a more common simple calculation of body fatness, but has been criticized for not being accurate for all body types. Although BAI is useful as no weight measurement is required, it has been found to be no better at estimating body adiposity (Freedman et al. 2012). There is also the simple measure waist to height using similar measurements.

Adiposity Index = HC / (Ht 1.5 - 18)


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