Tag Archives: BMI

Finding New Ways to Measure Obesity

The current measurement for classifying obesity in the United States is flawed.  Earlier this month research emerged suggesting that overweight people have a lower risk of mortality than normal weight people. Criticism of the study flared from other experts, placing the blame on the current, often unreliable body mass index, or BMI. The trouble with […]

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Study Suggests Excess Pounds Decrease Risk of Death

Top news stories today discuss the results of a report, published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, finding evidence that overweight to slightly obese individuals have a lower mortality risk than normal weight individuals. Opinions run high on the outcome of this research. Katherine M. Flegal, Ph.D. was the lead on the study, comparing […]

The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Healthy Habits

A new study out of Canada has revealed groundbreaking results: more time in front of the TV is linked to larger waists and weaker legs in young children. Although previous studies have made the correlation among TV time, obesity and other adverse health effects, no study has made the connection between specific aspects of physical […]

USPSTF Orders Docs to Screen for Obesity

If you have ever wondered why you don’t know your BMI or even what BMI means, it may be because many doctors do not include an assessment of BMI in their consultations. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued guidelines to practitioners to begin informing patients of their BMI and discussing the risks of […]

Sleep More to Weigh Less?

A new study published online today in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s journal, Sleep, revealed some exciting news for people who love to snooze – extra hours of sleep inhibit genetic factors that contribute to weight gain. Experts studied more than 1,000 sets of twins, noting weight and sleeping habits, to determine that those […]

New Study Leads CDC to Declare Obesity Epidemic Worse than Realized

If you are a healthcare professional, you may be avidly aware of the standard of measurement for classifying underweight, normal weight, overweight and obesity in people – BMI or body mass index.  As a healthcare professional, you likely use this standard of measurement to help your clients quantify and compare their weight or you toss […]