January 14, 2013

A Good Way to Measure Obesity? Fat Chance

By Logan Lafferty

A report last week that people who are slightly overweight have less chance of dying than those of normal weight had some researchers calling for further study of how a little extra fat can apparently be good for you. But others saw it as another sign that the standard way of measuring who is too heavy should be scrapped… "I suspect it's primarily an issue with BMI being unable to measure the things it's intended to measure, or what really matters," said Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Wall Street Journal by Carl Bialik

Tags: body mass index, Cardiology, Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Obesity, standard measuring, Wall Street Journal, Weight

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