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Measuring Overweight: A Note

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The Body Mass Index (BMI) provides a biased assessment of individual weight condition when there are substantial frame and muscle size deviations from the average for a given height. A method for overcoming this problem is presented. It allows an unbiased assessment of the individual level and degree of overweight and of the prevalence and intensity of overweight within the population.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia in its series Economics Working Papers with number wp03-11.

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Length: 7 pages
Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:uow:depec1:wp03-11

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Keywords: Body Mass Index; overweight;

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