Body Mass Index – Neck Circumference

A simple, straight- forward measurement could be better at determining the body mass index. The BMI measures weight relative to height. But it doesn’t accurately calculate body fat. Doctors say it often deems athletes or muscular people to be obese, and underestimates body fat in older people. A study in the journal pediatrics suggests neck circumference may be much more accurate. It is also inexpensive. Researchers say a wide neck circumference is associated with obesity-related conditions such as sleep apnea, diabetes, and hypertension. Neck circumference has been explored in studies for potential obesity and heart problems in adults.

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