Sunday, 26 July 2009

How median population BMI influences numbers overweight

via Obesity Science to Practice, Editors Gareth Williams and Gema Fruhbeck (pub 2009). I lent this book via the British Library, SRP £70. "Cut off levels for overweight and obesity reflect the increasing risk of metabolic, CVD as BMI increases above an optimal range of 21-23 kg/m2 - which remains the recommended median goal for Caucasion populations" pg 21 (see WHO (2000) Obesity: Preventing and Managing Global Epidemic WHO/NUT/NCD, 2000 and the 5 part pdf links 1,2,3,4,5)

What is the median BMI of a population? Lowering the median to 21 (first curve) significantly reduces the proportion obese.

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