Is Body Mass Index a Reliable Indicator of Obesity?

Although the Body Mass Index (BMI) has traditionally been used as a measure of obesity, other factors like gender, ethnicity, body composition can affect the credibility of BMI. Nonetheless,  it is used as the gold standard to diagnose, categorize and treat overweight/ obesity.

After critical analysis and detailed discussion of the limiting factors this review article concludes that BMI should not be used as the only criteria and that, it should be used along with waist circumference, skin fold thickness measurement and body composition analysis to diagnose obesity/overweight with greater accuracy.

Please click here to read Dr. Chandra's article from the Journal of Nutrition and Weight Loss. 


Dr. Chandrasekaran Aparna Chandrasekaran, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine. Her primary area of care is centered around screening, preventing and management of overweight/ obesity. She offers a comprehensive medically supervised weight loss program at Jersey Medical Weight Loss Center, Somerset,NJ. She is a member of Obesity Medicine Association and is actively involved in spreading awareness about Obesity through her blogs, radio show, and presentations. Her article " Body Mass Index-Is It Reliable Indicator of Obesity" got published in the Journal of Nutrition & Weight Loss in February 2018.

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