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New Measure For Obesity: A Body Shape Index Strongly Correlated To Premature Death

Researchers have developed a new metric to measure obesity, called A Index, or ABSI, that combines the existing metrics of (BMI) and waist circumference and shows a better correlation with death rate than do either of these individual measures.

The full results are reported in the open access journal PLoS ONE, and the work was led by Nir of City College of New York.

The authors analyzed data from over 14,000 US adults taken as part of the and conclude that the new measure, which has little correlation with height, weight, or BMI, appears to be a substantial risk factor for premature death.

“Measuring body dimensions is straightforward compared to other most medical tests, but it’s been challenging to link these with health,” Krakauer comments. “Our results give evidence that the power-law scaling of waist circumference, weight, and other body measurements can be used to develop body shape indices that point to added risk.”


Citation: , (2012) A New Body Shape Index Predicts Mortality Hazard Independently of Body Mass Index. PLoS ONE 7(7): e39504.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039504
Financial Disclosure: The authors have no funding or support to report.
Competing Interest Statement: JCK is employed by commercial company ”Middletown Medical”. This does not alter the authors’ adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.
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