Lately, there have been debates about whether there is a need to develop different levels of measurement in the BMI chart according to different ethnic groups. This is due to evidence that the associations between BMI, body fat percentage, and body fat distribution differ between populations, and therefore health risks may increase below the cutoff point of 25 kg/m2 that defines the current WHO overweight classification.
There have been some attempts to interpret BMI differently in Asian and Pacific populations, but no changes have been adopted.
A work group was formed by WHO experts and is conducting a new review and evaluation of available data on the relationship between waist circumference and health risk.
Below is a list of some of the limitations of BMI:
One of the alternatives to BMI is the Body Adiposity Index (BAI). Read more about BAI.
Source: World Health Organization (https://apps.who.int/bmi/)