Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of weight adjusted for height, calculated as considered an indicator of body fatness, it is a surrogate measure of body fat. BMI. 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 Height. (inches). Body Weight (pounds). The body mass index (BMI) is the metric currently in use for defining anthropometric height/weight characteristics in adults and for classifying ( categorizing) them.

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    Body Mass Index and Health. Many Americans are becoming overweight or obese (). These conditions can lead to chronic diseases such as high. chapter aims to estimate the burden of disease attributable to overweight and obesity as indicated by a high body mass index (BMI), by age, sex and subregion weight or overweight that are associated with increased risk of some non- communicable diseases.1,2 These classifications are based on body-mass index (BMI).

    Open image in new window Figure 1 Age-specific prevalence of obesity and underweight using body mass index and percentage body fat criteria. Data are for A men and B women by age decades 20 represents 20—29 years, etc. For women, the prevalence for underweight was 3. According to BMI criteria for men, the overall mean age-standardised prevalence for underweight was 0. For women, the prevalence for underweight was 1. Thus, the mean age-standardised prevalence for underweight for both men and women was lower according to BMI. No differences were detected in age-standardised prevalence estimates for overweight in either sex.

    These findings have public health implications, as the prevalence of adult obesity as described by the BMI, may be underestimated at a population level, particularly among men. The BMI expresses body weight kg relative to stature height, m2 and it should be noted that adjustment for height in this index is suboptimal [ 18 ]. Furthermore, accumulation of body fat in healthy bodies is generally accompanied by a compensatory response from the musculoskeletal system, acting through mechanoreceptors in muscle and bone, as it adapts to better cope with the increasing mechanical load [ 19 ].

    Adipokines also act as regulatory messengers between adipocytes in fat deposits, muscle [ 20 ] and bone [ 21 , 22 ]. However, with excessive accumulation of body fat, the increased loading could exceed compensatory musculoskeletal responses thereby altering the proportions of fat, lean and bone issue. As a consequence, increases in BMI could reflect increased weight-for-height yet mask changes in body composition. Considering the obesity epidemic, a more accurate indicator of body fatness is required to better assess obesity-related health risks.

    Our study has several strengths and limitations. The major strength is that study participants were selected at random from a clearly-defined population and this is important when reporting prevalence estimates. Furthermore, body composition was measured using anthropometric values weight and height in addition to whole body densitometry which provided a more accurate assessment of body fat mass. In the absence of cross-calibration data between the two densitometers, a sensitivity analysis that restricted comparisons for men scanned on one densitometer alone showed similar patterns to the full dataset.

    However, we cannot exclude the possibility of differences between the two machines.

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    We acknowledge, however, that DXA measurements may be obscured by increasing levels of body fat. Lastly, our data relate to an essentially white population and the findings may not be pertinent to other ethnicities. Conclusions We report that the prevalence of obesity using a BMI threshold may underestimate the true extent of obesity in the white population, particularly among young and elderly men. We also report that for both sexes, the prevalence of underweight using a BMI threshold may underestimate the true extent in the population.

    We suggest that optimal sex-and-age-specific thresholds be implemented for defining underweight and obesity in terms of body fat and recognise that such definitions will depend on risk assessment for disease, morbidity and mortality. Notes Acknowledgments The study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council NHMRC of Australia and the Geelong Regional Medical Foundation, but they played no part in the design or conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; or in preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.

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    The public health and economic benefits of taxing sugar-sweetened beverages. Nestle M, Jacobson MF. Halting the obesity epidemic: Public Health Rep. Confronting a rising tide of eating disorders and obesity: Addict Behav. Overweight is defined as a body mass index of People with BMIs in this range have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Obesity is defined as a BMI of Some well-trained people with dense muscle mass may have a high BMI score but very little body fat.

    For them, the waist circumference, the skinfold thickness or more direct methods of measuring body fat may be more useful measures than BMI. How do you find your BMI risk level?

    Use a weight scale on a hard, flat, uncarpeted surface. Wear very little clothing and no shoes. Weigh yourself to the nearest pound. With your eyes facing forward and your heels together, stand very straight against a wall. Your buttocks, shoulders and the back of your head should be touching the wall.

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