Study challenges use of BMI to predict mortality

05/2/2011 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A study conducted in the U.S. and three other countries suggests that fat distribution may more comprehensively gauge the link between being overweight or obese and mortality risk than body mass index. Researchers also wrote in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that the mortality risk for patients with clogged or obstructed arteries is better determined using waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio than BMI.

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