asian obesity standards revised
Obese? Japanese model Asami Katsuragi doesn't seem to have much to worry about, but slender-looking Asians may still suffer obesity-related health problems
Scientists are reporting an increasing incidence of obesity-related health problems among slender-looking Asian pople. According to CNN, a measuring standard known as the Body Mass Index (BMI), which compares the ratio of body fat to a person's size, is not suitable for Asians, who genrally have a smaller body frame. As a result, Asians with an acceptable BMI may actually have too much body fat for ideal health.
To help doctors prevent obesity-related ailments, the World Health Organization established in 1997 a body mass index standard, calculated by dividing a person's weight in pounds by height in inches, dividing again by height in inches and multiplying by 703.
A normal weight is a BMI of less than 25; overweight is under 30 and obesity is over 30.
But the 10-country research showed that Asians had more fat content compared to Caucasians, which meant that a BMI of 25 was way above overweight for Asians.
In response, a group of WHO experts in July recommended an Asian optimal BMI of 23. Anything over it should be considered overweight and a health risk, they said.
In other words, an Asian and Caucasian may be the same weight and height, but the Asian is at greater risk for fat-related illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.
(via Destroy All Monsters)