Body mass index

Body mass index

Whose voice carries the most weight? A critical examination of discourses surrounding the body mass index

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English
Author: 
Jenn Anderson
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Michigan State University, Department of Communication

Examines how the BMI came to be our primary measurement of body weight, and how it has prevailed as a measurement for health risks, despite evidence that it may not be the best method.

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Includes bibliographical references. This article has been accepted for publication at Fat Studies: A Journal of Research.

Global database on body mass index

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English
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Online
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World Health Organization

The global epidemic of overweight and obesity - "globesity" - is rapidly becoming a major public health problem in many parts of the world. Paradoxically coexisting with undernutrition in developing countries, the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity is associated with many diet-related chronic diseases including diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension and certain cancers.

This database provides both national and sub-national adult underweight, overweight and obesity prevalence rates by country, year of survey and gender. The information is presented interactively as maps, tables, graphs and downloadable documents. These can be accessed by clicking on the respective tabs above; then the data can be displayed after selecting the country, year and indicator 

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Canadian guidelines for body weight classification in adults

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English
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Paper
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Publisher: 
Health Canada
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Describes a body weight classification system for Canadian adults, including the development, uses, interpretation and limitations of the system.

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ISBN 0662334310
WOMH.C36 2003
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