BMI cut-offs need to factor in ethnicity: study

Researchers have used data from nearly 1.5 million people to work out BMI equivalents for four non-White populations living in the UK

BMI cut-offs for obesity and overweight need to be lowered for certain ethnicities to optimise type 2 diabetes prevention and management, according to a group of epidemiologists and clinicians.

The team, led by the University of Oxford, says making care conditional on BMI values recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) is not optimal for people who are Black, south Asian, Chinese or Arab.

The study of almost 1.5 million adults in the UK’s Clinical Practice Research Datalink database of primary care patients is