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A Heavyweight Battle Over CDC's Obesity Forecasts

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Science  06 May 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5723, pp. 770-771
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5723.770

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    Reading Jennifer Couzin's article on the CDC and obesity mortality forecasts, I was somewhat alarmed by the use of the BMI as a measure of obesity. Is simply being heavy relative to the size of your frame dangerous? My BMI is 28 and I have a scientist colleague with a BMI of 34, but we both lift weights and are at least moderately athletic. Neither of us has more than 12% body fat or a waist size greater than 33 inches (m...

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