MI (body mass index), which measures a person’s height in relation to weight, fails to capture a true picture of health, according to a new study released the by Annals of Internal Medicine, and is incomplete as a method of determining risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions.
Research suggests BMI insufficient for assessing health risks.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) was highly prevalent in morbidly obese patients who underwent weight loss surgery even when those patients didn't have metabolic syndrome, according to researchers here.
Life insurers adopted the Body Mass Index (BMI) in the 1980s to help determine an applicant’s weight class. According to the World Health Organization, an individual with a BMI of 30 or more is obese; if their BMI is over 40, the person is morbidly obese.
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Obesity – a well-recognized risk factor for diabetes, coronary artery disease, as well a few cancers – is also an important risk factor for asthma. It can present itself as a distinct asthma phenotype. Obese-asthmatics are likely to present with additional morbidity costs in terms of increased health care utilization, significant loss of working days and an overall poorer quality of life. This article discusses this phenotype, and explains the pathophysiological mechanism and impact of this on morbidity, disability and health care utilization in obese-asthmatic individuals.
Obesity is both preventable and reversible. But for those whose weight has spiralled out of control into severe obesity, controlling it and losing it through diet and exercise alone often proves ineffective.
Although some of the lowest prevalence rates of obesity are found in Asia-Pacific countries, economic and social factors leave the region as a whole experiencing alarming rates of increase.
Obesity used to be considered almost exclusively a problem of developed countries. But recently rates of obesity in developing economies have increased abruptly. Indeed, obesity is now often linked to more deaths than malnutrition and some infectious diseases.
Last year, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in a case brought by a man who claimed he was fired because he was obese. Did the ECJ ruling take obesity to another level by classifying it as a disability and not just a co-morbid or contributing factor in assessing one’s functional status?
In our Outlook on Obesity blog series, we’re looking at some of the key issues, trends and interventions related to obesity, alongside the risks this growing problem presents for insurers.