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Is a body mass index of 36 extreme or has it become average for overweight usa?
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In brief: Obese
Bmi is a measure of body fat using height and weight; higher bmis are associated with health risks like hypertension, diabetes, and higher risk of cardiovascular events.
Normal bmi is 18.5-24.9, overweight 25-29.9, and obese>30. More americans are overweight, so more bmis>30, but these people still face greater health risks than those with bmi 18.5-40. See http://www.Nhlbisupport.Com/bmi/.

In brief: Obese
Bmi is a measure of body fat using height and weight; higher bmis are associated with health risks like hypertension, diabetes, and higher risk of cardiovascular events.
Normal bmi is 18.5-24.9, overweight 25-29.9, and obese>30. More americans are overweight, so more bmis>30, but these people still face greater health risks than those with bmi 18.5-40. See http://www.Nhlbisupport.Com/bmi/.
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Dr. Michael Fenster
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Obese
A body mass index of 36 correlates to a significant degree of obesity according to that measure.
However, the bmi does not differentiate between lean body mass (muscle) versus fat. For example, arnold schwarzenegger at his most muscular would register as obese using bmi. Other measures such as measures of percent body fat, visceral adipose tissue (vat) and waist circumference are worth examining.

In brief: Obese
A body mass index of 36 correlates to a significant degree of obesity according to that measure.
However, the bmi does not differentiate between lean body mass (muscle) versus fat. For example, arnold schwarzenegger at his most muscular would register as obese using bmi. Other measures such as measures of percent body fat, visceral adipose tissue (vat) and waist circumference are worth examining.
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