Changing guards: time to move beyond body mass index for population monitoring of excess adiposity

Tanamas, S. K., Lean, M. E., Combet, E., Vlassopoulos, A., Zimmet, P. Z. and Peeters, A. 2016, Changing guards: time to move beyond body mass index for population monitoring of excess adiposity, QJM, vol. 109, no. 7, pp. 443-446, doi: 10.1093/qjmed/hcv201.

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Title Changing guards: time to move beyond body mass index for population monitoring of excess adiposity
Author(s) Tanamas, S. K.
Lean, M. E.
Combet, E.
Vlassopoulos, A.
Zimmet, P. Z.
Peeters, A.ORCID iD for Peeters, A.
Journal name QJM
Volume number 109
Issue number 7
Start page 443
End page 446
Total pages 4
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2016-07-01
ISSN 1460-2725
Summary With the obesity epidemic, and the effects of aging populations, human phenotypes have changed over two generations, possibly more dramatically than in other species previously. As obesity is an important and growing hazard for population health, we recommend a systematic evaluation of the optimal measure(s) for population-level excess body fat. Ideal measure(s) for monitoring body composition and obesity should be simple, as accurate and sensitive as possible, and provide good categorization of related health risks. Combinations of anthropometric markers or predictive equations may facilitate better use of anthropometric data than single measures to estimate body composition for populations. Here, we provide new evidence that increasing proportions of aging populations are at high health-risk according to waist circumference, but not body mass index (BMI), so continued use of BMI as the principal population-level measure substantially underestimates the health-burden from excess adiposity.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/qjmed/hcv201
Field of Research 111716 Preventive Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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