The Limitations of BMI as a Measure of Health and Fitness: Insights from the AMA


At Bulldog Gym, we believe in providing accurate and comprehensive information to our members regarding their health and fitness. One area of measurement that has historically been used is Body Mass Index (BMI). However, recent developments, including a statement from the American Medical Association (AMA) released on June 14th, 2023, have shed light on the limitations of BMI as a measure of overall health. In this blog post, we explore the AMA’s statement and discuss how Bulldog Gym has been utilizing alternative methods to provide a more accurate assessment of body composition.

The AMA’s Statement on BMI

The AMA, during its Annual Meeting, adopted a new policy aimed at clarifying the role of BMI as a measure in medicine. The policy, part of the AMA Council on Science and Public Health report, acknowledges the problematic history and significant deficiencies of using BMI as a sole measure of health. The report highlights the limitations of BMI and emphasizes that BMI does not consider factors such as visceral fat, body adiposity index, body composition, relative fat mass, waist circumference, and genetic/metabolic factors.

Bulldog Gym’s Approach: InBody BMI Technology 

At Bulldog Gym, we understand the importance of providing accurate and reliable measurements to our members. That’s why we have been utilizing InBody BMI technology for body composition analysis. Over the past two years, we have assessed the body composition of over 300 individuals, and our data and observations align with the AMA’s statement. We believe that incorporating multiple measures and considering individual factors is crucial for a comprehensive understanding of health and fitness.

Moving Beyond BMI

The AMA’s statement underscores the need for physicians and healthcare professionals to recognize the limitations of BMI and explore alternative measures to assess health. It recommends utilizing a combination of valid measures, such as those mentioned earlier, to provide a more comprehensive evaluation of body composition and adiposity. By considering factors beyond BMI, healthcare providers can gain a deeper understanding of an individual’s overall health and make more informed decisions regarding treatment and care.

Empowering Members at Bulldog Gym

At Bulldog Gym, our commitment to your health and fitness goes beyond conventional measures. We aim to empower our members with accurate and meaningful information that allows for a more comprehensive understanding of their well-being. Our use of InBody BMI technology is part of our dedication to providing you with the most accurate assessment of your body composition, enabling us to create personalized fitness plans tailored to your individual needs.


BMI has served as a widely recognized measure of health and fitness for years, but its limitations have become increasingly evident. The AMA’s statement highlights the need for a more comprehensive approach, considering factors beyond BMI. At Bulldog Gym, we are committed to providing you with the most accurate and insightful assessments to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Together, let’s move beyond BMI and embrace a more holistic understanding of well-being.

For more information on the AMA’s statement, please click here.

For more information on Bulldog Gym’s InBody Body Composition Scanning service, please click here.

Stay informed, stay empowered, and let Bulldog Gym be your partner on your health and fitness journey.