Scaling of adult body weight to height across sex and race/ethnic groups: Relevance to BMI

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Abstract

  • Background: Body mass index (BMI) is formulated on the assumption that body weight (BW) scales to height with a power of 2 (BWfheight2), independent of sex and race-ethnicity. Powers differing from 2 are observed in studies of selected samples, thus raising the question if BMI is a generalizable metric that makes BW independent of height across populations. Objectives: The objectives were to test the hypothesis that adult BW scales to height with a power of 2 independent of sex and raceethnicity and to advance an understanding of BMI as a measure of shape by extending allometric analyses to waist circumference (WC).
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    Author List

  • Heymsfield SB; Peterson CM; Thomas DM; Heo M; Schuna JM; Hong S; Choi W
  • Start Page

  • 1455
  • End Page

  • 1461
  • Volume

  • 100
  • Issue

  • 6