Body Volume Index (BVI)

The Body Volume Index is a new measurement for obesity, proposed as an alternative and enhancement to the body mass index (BMI).

People of different age, gender or ethnicity will have different body shapes, with different weight distribution and recent studies have highlighted the limitations of BMI as an indicator of individual health risk.

A 10-year program of research and development has been undertaken; the Body Volume Index uses an algorithm based on MRI data and detailed Body Composition data to make an inference as to the body's distribution of weight and the distribution of muscle and fat.