The need to redefine age- and gender-specific overweight and obese body mass index cutoff points.

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/594363
Title:
The need to redefine age- and gender-specific overweight and obese body mass index cutoff points.
Authors:
Nevill, Alan M.; Metsios, G S
Abstract:
For convenience, health practitioners and clinicians are inclined to classify people/patients as overweight or obese based on body mass index (BMI) cutoff points of 25 and 30 kg m(-2) respectively, irrespective of age and gender. The purpose of the current study was to identity whether, for the same levels of adiposity, BMI is the same across different age groups and gender. A two-way ANCOVA revealed significant differences in BMI between different age groups and gender (plus an interaction), using body fat (%) as the covariate, data taken from a random sample of the English population (n=2993). Younger people had greater BMI than older people for the same levels of adiposity (differences ranged by 4 BMI units for males, and 3 BMI units for females). In conclusion, if BMI thresholds for overweight (BMI=25 kg m(-2)) and obese (BMI=30 kg m(-2)) are to reflect the same levels of adiposity across all gender and age groups within a population, then age- and gender-specific BMI adjustments outlined here are necessary to more accurately/fairly reflect the same critical levels of adiposity.
Citation:
The need to redefine age- and gender-specific overweight and obese body mass index cutoff points. 2015, 5:e186 Nutr Diabetes
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Goup
Journal:
Nutrition & diabetes
Issue Date:
2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/594363
DOI:
10.1038/nutd.2015.36
PubMed ID:
26619370
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2044-4052
Appears in Collections:
Sport, Exercise and Health Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorNevill, Alan M.en
dc.contributor.authorMetsios, G Sen
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-19T16:34:36Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-19T16:34:36Zen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.identifier.citationThe need to redefine age- and gender-specific overweight and obese body mass index cutoff points. 2015, 5:e186 Nutr Diabetesen
dc.identifier.issn2044-4052en
dc.identifier.pmid26619370en
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/nutd.2015.36en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/594363en
dc.description.abstractFor convenience, health practitioners and clinicians are inclined to classify people/patients as overweight or obese based on body mass index (BMI) cutoff points of 25 and 30 kg m(-2) respectively, irrespective of age and gender. The purpose of the current study was to identity whether, for the same levels of adiposity, BMI is the same across different age groups and gender. A two-way ANCOVA revealed significant differences in BMI between different age groups and gender (plus an interaction), using body fat (%) as the covariate, data taken from a random sample of the English population (n=2993). Younger people had greater BMI than older people for the same levels of adiposity (differences ranged by 4 BMI units for males, and 3 BMI units for females). In conclusion, if BMI thresholds for overweight (BMI=25 kg m(-2)) and obese (BMI=30 kg m(-2)) are to reflect the same levels of adiposity across all gender and age groups within a population, then age- and gender-specific BMI adjustments outlined here are necessary to more accurately/fairly reflect the same critical levels of adiposity.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherNature Publishing Goupen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Nutrition & diabetesen
dc.titleThe need to redefine age- and gender-specific overweight and obese body mass index cutoff points.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalNutrition & diabetesen
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