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Normal body mass not an indication of health

Recent research by Dr. Margaret Ashwell, a nutritionist expert has revealed that people with a normal BMI (body mass index) may still be at risk from obesity related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

BMI is the measurement used by medical practitioners to determine the advisable weight of an individual based on their height. However the study showed that it is not so much the BMI that determines health risks its more were the fat is distributed around the body.

This equates to 35% of men and 14% of women who may have a ‘normal’ BMI but are still facing health risks.

“We already knew that there is an enormous problem with too many people being overweight in the U.K.” the Press Association quoted Dr. Ashwell “but this new research shows that the problem of related heart risks might be bigger than previously thought, and that some normal weight people have health risks that are not obvious from their weight alone. It is vitally important that any screening problem to help the public minimize health risks encompasses and assessment of fat distribution – preferably using waist circumference – as well as BMI.”

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