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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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BMI should go away

Posted by silvalli on 03 Apr 2012 at 20:22 GMT

to enhance the accuracy of BMI estimates
http://plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0033308#article1.front1.article-meta1.abstract1.sec3.p1

There are other simple measurements that are much better, such as waist-hip ratio and Sagittal Abdominal Diameter.

It's a pity that these free easy-to-use tests that require no equipment were not included in the study. This study could have put these measurements on the map and could have led to the elimination of BMI in common usage.

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