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Global trends in body-mass index

Author: S V Subramanian, Jocelyn E Finlay, Melissa Neuman
Organisation: Harvard School of Public Health
Publish Date: 2011
Country: Global
Sector: Health
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Food
Type: Article
Language: English
Tags: Obesity, Body mass index, BMI, Adult women, Socio-economic status, Health impact

In a comprehensive assessment of trends in body-mass index (BMI) in 199 countries, Mariel Finucane and colleagues (Feb 12, p 557) show that mean BMI and prevalence of overweight have increased since 1980, concluding that “interventions and policies that can curb or reverse the increase…are needed in most countries”. Caution, however, is warranted in interpreting the country-specific or region-specific average trends, especially in low-to average trends, especially in low-to-middle income countries.
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