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Body mass index (BMI) — a figure based on a person’s height and weight that has been widely used in the health industry for decades — might not be the best assessment of a person’s health.

A study published in the European Heart Journal found that body shape — more specifically where fat deposits occur on the body — may be a better indicator of potential cardiovascular problems than BMI.

The study looked at cardiovascular risk in post-menopausal women, so more research will be needed on a wider population, but it lines up with concerns that both the medical establishment and the statistical community have previously expressed.

The BMI is an indirect measure of body fat that doesn’t take into account important details about age, sex, bone structure and fat distribution, one study in the International Journal of Obesity outlined.

This is leading the health industry to look for new, more accurate measurements for a person’s health.

One such technology belongs to body measurement tech company MyFiziq (ASX:MYQ), which created a revolutionary technology that can accurately capture body measurements, for a range of use cases from personal fitness to the insurance and apparel sectors.

Late last year, MyFiziq’s technology was verified by Professor Timothy Ackland of The University of Western Australia.

“Highly questionable methods such as body mass index (BMI) have been adopted ubiquitously due to their ease of use, but these methods are widely known to lack validity for body composition assessment,” he wrote.

“The use of this app has universal appeal providing an accurate, accessible and cost-effective solution for the user.”

This content is produced by Star Investing in commercial partnership with MyFiziq.  This content does not constitute financial product advice. You should consider obtaining independent advice before making any financial decisions.