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Healthy BMI does not mean no obesity : study

Posted on Nov 28, 11:16AM | UNI

Even if you are well within the generally accepted healthy Body Mass Index (BMI), you could still be diagnosed as obese, according to a latest study.

The pan-India study, done by VLCC, a leading wellness brand, covering a sample size of nearly 7000 men and women, has concluded that despite people staying in the "healthy" BMI range, there is noticeable percentage of individuals diagnosed with or already suffering from associated Medical Disorders related to Obesity.

On the occasion of Anti-Obesity Day today, VLCC released a knowledge paper on 'Waist-Height Ratio and Body Fat percentage Synergy' that ascertains a linkage between Waist Circumference-to-Height Ratio (WHtR) and Obesity.

Speaking on the research, Mrs Vandana Luthra, Founder and Mentor, VLCC said, "As it is difficult to measure Body Fat percentage on one's own, for this measurement requires specialised equipment like a Body Composition Analyzer, WHtR is an easier to measure and more accurate screening tool for Overweight or Obesity related lifestyle diseases." The detailed research, conducted over a period of one year, has claims a correlation between Waist-Height ratio with the Body Fat percentage. The Waist-Height ratio in both the genders could be demarcated at a particular value, which highlighted the need for a "Preventive Healthcare Approach" before the Medical Condition becomes severe.

This value also flashed the corresponding Healthy Body Fat percentage limit, the study says.

This knowledge paper addresses the limitations faced on using other 'obesity indicators' like BMI, Waist-Hip ratio, and Waist Circumference.