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A 42-year-old male asked:

bmi & ideal weight are quite confusing!i do strength training.i have lots of muscles huge chest n biceps.my bmi is 34.is bodybuilding bad for health?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
High BMI: Your BMI suggest you are obese . Body Building is not bad for your health but BMI of 34 suggest you are rather obese.You need to consult your doctor or a nutritionist to modify your diet and get checked for other risk factors and advice about Diet and Exercise. You also need to get your Lipids profile , BP Check etc done.also your waist measurement . If it is over. 40 it is another risk factor
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna commented
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Provided original answer
Even though you are very muscular as you say. But BMI of 34 even in a muscular person is of concern as BMI over. 30 is considered Obese.Even if we give credit for muscles you may still fall into overweight person
Dec 5, 2016
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
BMI.: Technically speaking, BMI does not take into account body composition, only weight with respect to height. Muscle is more dense than fat, so thinner muscular people can have elevated BMIs. Your best bet would be to interpret your BMI along with a concurrent body fat analysis. If BMI is a bit high and body fat is low, then it's likely fine. Remember, it's just a number.

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