Why traditional BMI scores are inaccurate for older women

Current practice does not take body changes into account

The traditional interpretation of BMI should not be used to gauge obesity in older people, US endocrinologists say.

fat woman on scales

They argue that obesity should be redefined for this age group. This is especially so for postmenopausal women, who undergo significant changes in body weight, fat tissue, skeletal muscle mass and height.

The researchers suggest that the BMI cutoff be lowered for classifying obesity after menopause.

A BMI cutoff of 30 “does not appear to be an appropriate indicator of true obesity status in postmenopausal women”,