Body mass index and alternative approaches to taking measurements
Kerry Welch Lecturer, Health and social care, University of Nottingham
Chris Craggs Lecturer, Health and social care, University of Nottingham
The measurement of body mass index (BMI) is an important means of assessing the incidence of disease potential, but it should be used with caution and in conjunction with other clinical assessments and in due consideration of the holistic needs of the person.
A range of methods for measuring BMI is included to accommodate the needs of the individual and take into account altered body shape and posture. This ensures that safety and dignity are maintained and that the data recorded are accurate.
Learning Disability Practice. 13, 3, 30-37. doi: 10.7748/ldp2010.04.13.3.30.c7700