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Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI is not a highly accurate measure of obesity. That being said, it can be useful as a complementary datum. BMI has a high rate of false negatives, particularly among females, with nearly half of obese people being classified as normal or overweight in some studies. The amount of false positives, on the other hand, is surprisingly small: less than 5% in men and 1% in women, according to one study.

Our evidence-based analysis on body mass index (bmi) features 9 unique references to scientific papers.

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