Life obesity study

Published on April 3rd, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria


US Fatter Than Originally Thought, Study Indicates

obesity study

The US is known (among other things) in the developed world for having a bit of a weight problem, but a new study says that recent estimates may be vastly underestimating America’s vastness.

The findings, published in the journal PLoS ONE, concern the often-derided Body Mass Index, its measurement of obesity and who is classified as obese under the index. Many reject the scale for not taking into account differences between individual frames and relying solely on certain numbers (height and weight) to calculate whether a person is classified as obese. But by that method of calculation, the study determines, as many as 39% of Americans who are not classified as obese may actually fall into that category.

The BBC quotes nutrition expert Dr.┬áMargaret Ashwell, who believes waist to height ratio is a better indicator of obesity, since it measures “central obesity”- the notoriously unhealthy collection of fat around a patient’s midsection, correlated with more serious side effects. Ashwell says:

“It is a real worry that using BMI alone for screening could miss people who are at risk from central obesity and might also be alarming those whose risk is not as great as it appears from their BMI.”

By the study’s criteria, more than 64% of American women would be classified as “obese.”



Tags: , , ,

About the Author

Kim LaCapria is a writer and editor based in New York. A longtime information junkie, she began blogging full-time at the Inquisitr in 2009. Prior to that, she worked as a marketing assistant in the cosmetics and skincare industry. In addition to her writing for fortytwotimes, she also writes for Medacity and The Inquisitr. Kim is also a contributor for SocialNewsDaily, Indyposted, and TotallyMoney. In the past, she contributed to Lipstick and Luxury and managed social media accounts and blogs for several small and mid-sized businesses.

Comments are closed.

Back to Top ↑