Body Mass Index
You might be surprised that research has found that being underweight puts people at even higher risk of dying early than obesity.
A new study on child obesity indicates that students gain less weight if they go to schools in states with stronger laws about what foods can be sold outside their breakfast and lunch programs.
The BMI or the Body Mass Index is the way we traditionally measure whether someone is obese or not. We base most of our obesity statistics in this country on the BMI.
There is a report from the British Medical Journal which finds a high childhood body mass index is associated with risk factors like heart disease and stroke in the adult years.