Public Health Implications of BMI

Updated:Apr 18,2011

Mortality, Health Outcomes, and Body Mass Index in the Overweight Range

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  • Health concerns associated with overweight have been minimized in the public, which could lead to a false sense of security about health and denial of important risk factors.
  • The progression from overweight to obesity in adults and children is a major concern; however, risks associated with overweight can be reversed through regular physical activity and healthier lifestyle choices.
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus and heart disease are among the more common obesity-related diseases.

    Read full article in Circulation

Supporting Materials



  • Editorial: Is a Heavier America Healthier? Weighing the Evidence, by Mercedes R. Carnethon, Ph.D., FAHA

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