How BMI is underestimating obesity in Australia

A new study has found the waistlines of Australian adults are increasing faster than body weight.

Researchers from Deakin and Monash Universities found we need to re-evaluate how we monitor overweight and obesity, as those who are overweight based on waist circumference aren’t necessarily overweight based on the measure we use – body mass index (BMI).

So by continuing to use BMI (an indicator of weight for height), we’re underestimating the prevalence of obesity in the Australian population.

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