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Body Mass Index (BMI) Or Waist-Hip Ratio?

Publication date: Monday, 09 July 2007
Contributor(s): Professor Mike Kirby

The association between body mass index (BMI) and mortality from both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary heart disease (CHD) is well accepted. Individuals with high BMIs are also at increased risk of developing other conditions such as sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis, female infertility, varicose veins, gastro-oesophageal reflux and stress incontinence. BMI has been the gold standard for predicting health by measuring body weight in relation to height. However, although BMI may be helpful in estimating overall obesity, it is becoming increasingly apparent that waist-hip ratio, which estimates central obesity, is a more accurate predictor of the risk of health problems generally and CVD in particular.

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Category: Editorial
Edition: Volume 4, Number 3, May-June 2007
Print edition page(s): 141-143
Contributor(s): Professor Mike Kirby

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