A Body Shape Index to measure obesity

Researchers have developed a new metric to measure obesity, called A Body Shape Index (ABSI) that combines Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference. ABSI shows better correlation with death rate than the measures used separately. The research showed that a body shape as measured by ABSI where a person’s waist circumference is high, is a substantial risk factor for premature death. Further information about the research is available from the open access journal Plos One.

Read more about safefood’s Stop the Spread campaign highlighting that women should have a waist circumference less than 32 inches and men a waist circumference less than 37 inches. Check out weigh2live to calculate whether you need to lose weight using the BMI and waist circumference calculator.


Posted: 26/07/2012 09:18:46 by Barbara Whelan


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