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BMI Not Enough to Gauge Obesity Epidemic

A new study suggests that body-mass index, commonly known as BMI, paints an inaccurate picture of the U.S. obesity epidemic. Researchers say that the formula, used to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy weight, may be misclassifying roughly half of women and just over 20% of men as healthy when their body-fat composition suggests they are obese. What is alarming about these findings, they say, is that we may be farther behind on tackling the nation’s obesity problem than we thought.

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