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A 31-year-old member asked:

my bmi is like 24, close to overweight could i have a high bmi from high muscle mass?

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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Possibly: If you are fit, strong, have a waistline smaller than your hips, and have good eating habits, there is nothing to worry about. If you have been gaining weight and don't know why, don't wait until you are bmi-26, you may benefit from a preventive medical visit with blood work to identify any hormonal or metabolic risks, and a review of your diet.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
BMI & body fat %: The BMI reflects your weight with respect to your height, but as you suggested does not reflect body composition. People who are very muscular could have a higher BMI that would not be truly reflective of their fitness and health. Combining the BMI with a body fat percentage would greatly increase its accuracy.

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