Table 2

Cost of Using BMI as a Proxy for Healtha

Abnormal

cardiometabolic profile

Normal

cardiometabolic profile

TOTAL


Untreated

"Normal" weight

(BMI = 18.5 - 24.9)

23.5%

(16.3 million people)b

76.5%

(53.0 million people)

100%

(69.3 million people)


Treated

"Overweight"

(BMI = 25.0 - 29.9)

48.7%

(34.1 million people)

51.3%

(35.9 million people)c

100%

(70.0 million people)


"Obese"

(BMI ≥ 30.0)

68.3%

(42.0 million people)

31.7%

(19.5 million people)c

100%

(61.5 million people)


TOTAL

46%

92.4 million people

54%

108.4 million people

100%

200.8 million people


aBased on study by Wildman et al. [148].

bFalse negative: 16.3 million of 92.4 million (17.6%) who have abnormal cardiometabolic profile are overlooked

cFalse positive: 55.4 million of 131.5 million (42%) are identified as ill who are not

Bacon and Aphramor Nutrition Journal 2011 10:9   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-10-9

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