One more reason to keep running: accoring to a study reported in US News&World Report, “the American obesity epidemic might be much worse than many experts believe because of the limitations of the Body Mass Index, which is the most popular number used to diagnose the condition.
“Body mass index—a rough estimate of body fat using a person’s height and weight—may be missing nearly 40 percent of obesity cases, according to a study from the New York University School of Medicine. These so-called “false negatives” are caused because BMI simply estimates body fat and does not directly measure it. People who have lost a lot of muscle mass—often older women—may be classified as ‘overweight’ by BMI, when they are actually obese, says Eric Braverman, one of the authors of the study.”
See the entire article at http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/04/02/study-american-obesity-epidemic-much-worse-than-cdc-believes
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