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Research Article

Measuring Adiposity in Patients: The Utility of Body Mass Index (BMI), Percent Body Fat, and Leptin

  • Nirav R. Shah equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Nirav R. Shah, Eric R. Braverman

    Affiliation: Department of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, United States of America

    Current address: New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York, United States of America

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  • Eric R. Braverman equal contributor mail

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Nirav R. Shah, Eric R. Braverman

    info@pathfounationny.org

    Affiliations: PATH Foundation NY, New York, New York, United States of America, Department of Neurosurgery, Weill-Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Published: April 02, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0033308

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Posted by Cottrell on 16 Apr 2012 at 11:09 GMT

A better cutpoint for obesity with BMI is 24 for females and 28 for males.
http://plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0033308#article1.body1.sec4.sec1.p2

Since previous research (e.g. ref.39) has shown that the nadir of all cause mortality is around BMI 24-28 for both men and women, it would seem unhelpful to label individuals in this BMI range "obese" with the consequent assumption that they should be treated in some way to "correct" their obesity.

Competing interests declared: Employee of food industry